• Reporter: NWAIWU CHIUKWUEBUKA
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• Date: 18th February 2017
On 17th February 2017; IPOB who were on lawfully arrested by the murderous Nigeria armed forces in IGWEOCHA during Biafra/Trump solidarity rally were arraigned in magistrate court in IGWEOCHA popularly known as Portharcourt; In the early hour of 9:10 a.m, 45 IPOB member arrived in court , meanwhile IPOB members who came to witness the court proceedings were in their large numbers waiting outside after the Nigerian JOINT TASK FORCE barricade their entrance to the court premises, few IPOB who manage to get entrance to courtroom were the case will commence were chase outside as soon as the IPOB detainees entered the courtroom.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Andrew Jaja, after hearing arguments from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) lawyers and the prosecution on why the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) advice on the matter was not ready within the ten days given by the court, he ordered the state Commissioner of Police and the State Attorney General to appear in court to explain why the detained pro-Biafra protesters should not be granted bail unconditionally.
During press interview granted to one of the legal counsel of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Inalegwu Adoga, in his word;
‘’ on 20th January 2017, IPOB members who participate in Biafra/Trump solidarity Rally in Port Harcourt, 15 IPOB where gunned down by Nigerian armed forces I think that’s an extremely high indict am appealing to the Government to exercise restrict, I urged the Federal and Rivers State Governments to resolve the Biafra agitation, like the Niger Delta issues, court matters, detention, arm struggle or protests are not the best option;
‘’in the 21st century the language of the United Nation is peaceful resolution ;
‘’ Biafra situation started 51 years ago and it has been lunging on and on,
‘’ I has written to the Federal Government, British Government, Nigerian senate, House of Representatives to release IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditional and peacefully resolve this Biafran issues;
‘’because I recall when the leader of the BOKO HARAM, Mohamed Yusuf was killed, even till now Nigeria have not recovered from it’’ he concluded.
However, Jaja granted bail to one of the IPOB members (Emmanuel Nnamani), on health ground, following an application by Adoga, citing the worsening eye problem the accused person had during the pro-Donald Trump solidarity protest in the state.
Meanwhile, thousands of IPOB, who stormed the Judiciary Complex, were chanting solidarity songs, during and after the court sitting were prevented by heavily armed security men from entering the court premises.
Their case was adjourned to 3rd march, 2017 for continuation.
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