■ Author: Victor Njoko
■ Twitter: @Umuchiukwu_writ
■ 22, Aug 2018
All the media have been tranquillised about the continuous dehumanisation of Biafrans, mostly women who were illegally arrested while on a peaceful protest on the 17th day of August 2018. The Imo State Commissioner of police, ASP Dasuki Galandanchi did not only arrest them, but also, refused to release our mothers and grandmothers who were arrested on Friday, August 17, 2018 while on peaceful protest demanding the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, whom whereabouts remained unknown since September 14, 2017 after the Nigeria army invaded his home. Our women were arrested, still detained under the inhuman condition, for staging peaceful protests to demand Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts. They where not only illegally arrest, brutalised and detained but they also levelled ten laughable count charges against them. Those charges include treason, terrorism just for exercising their right to freedom of assembly. We could recall that on the 11th day of August, some soldiers grounded Maiduguri airport in protests and also threatened to shoot and kill their superiors. But IPOB women never threatened anybody, they only demanded for the whereabouts of their son, uncle, husband and their leader Nnamdi Kanu whose house was raided on the 14th is September 2017 which lead to the death of 28 people and also many were letter discovered in a forest and the where about of Nnamdi Kanu IPOB leader is still unknown.

One of the sacred liberty of a person is the liberty to free movement. Unless where the legitimate exception is permitted by law, any limitation on a person's liberty of moving freely is an infringement on his fundamental right. Such act is actionable as a common law court, called false imprisonment or as a breach of personal liberty guaranteed under section 35(1) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria which dates that "every person shall be entitled to personal liberty, and no person shall be deprived of such liberty save in the following cases and in accordance with a procedure permitted by law. The question now is, is there any provision section or act of the Nigeria constitution that permits the arrest and detention of women who peacefully came out on the streets to register their displeasure of a particular thing via a protest? If the answer is no, so why the continuous annihilation and detention of unarmed peaceful protesters? Among those arrested are pregnant women and aged in the 60s who have health issues. Most of the pregnant women were bleeding seriously preferable to the dehumanisation and inhumane treatment meted against them, and the aged denied their meal, what a barbaric act by the Nigerian security agency. Of course we all know that the dictatorial president of Nigeria in this 21 century who also took over a Democratic elected government of Shehu Shagari on 12th December 1983 have no respect for women and is the first president of Nigeria to sentence a crippled woman to death by hanging and the first president in the world to make it clear in the media that his wife belong to the kitchen and the other room. The continuous dehumanisation of these young and old women in Owerri ordered by Muhammadu Buhari is a detesting issue which must me address as quickly as possible. The worst of it is that those women have been denied proper medication and ventilation as they have been jam-packed in an overcrowded prison. I don't know when demonstration and protest turned out to become treason and terrorism in Nigeria, for how long will this tyrannical government led by Muhammadu Buhari continue to kill and subdue defenceless and innocent people? When will Nigeria and her security agency learn from other civilised countries in the world? The IPOB women illegally arrested detained and tortured should be released now and not tomorrow, or Nigeria and especially Imo State government should wait for the worst to happen.

Published By Udeagha Obasi
For Umuchikwu Writers.
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