Recall that on the 12th of June 2019, 21 members of IPOB were ambushed and unlawfully arrested by Police Officers from Ikot Ekpene Police station in Essien Udim LGA of Akwa-Ibom State as they were driving out from the venue of a Conference they held to sensitize the Community on the need to support BIAFRA restoration project.

Notable amongst those arrested was a less than Two years old child whose mother only carried on her back all through the travail. They were detained at the Police station and subsequently moved on the 13th of June 2019, to Uyo Police Station, Ikot Akpan. Due to the uproar from the Public, they Quickly released the Babies, their mother and the Driver who was not an IPOB Member.

There have been several adjournments of the case for avoidable excuses bothering on which Court should have jurisdiction to try the IPOB Members. The Magistrate Court had referred the case to the High Court because according to her, the charge levelled against them was a Treasonable one and the case was filed at the High Court, Ikot Ekpene and it was adjourned to 08/08/2019 for first hearing.

On 08/08/2019, reports from our States Media Correspondent Mr Emma Bassey confirmed that the 17 IPOB were nowhere around the Court premises. Information from the IPOB Lawyer has it that the High Court in Ikot Ekpene has again turned the case back to the High Court in Essien Udim on grounds that the incident took place within the Jurisdiction of Essien Udim.

IPOB members were seen in numbers with their flags singing songs of Freedom, in solidarity with their brothers unjustly detained since 12/06/2019.

We shall keep you updated on the next hearing from the State High Court Essien Udim, AKWA-IBOM.

We must continue to press for Justice from the lawless Nigerian State. We refuse every form of intimidation and subjugation. Nigeria is a failed State.

IPOB! One Family!

May Biafra come quickly.

Reported by:
Emma Bassey
For: Akwa Ibom State Media

Edited by:
Ngozichukwu Ada-Dav
For: Akwa Ibom State Media

Published by:
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Akwa Ibom State Media

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