The power-drunk cops on the Inspector-General of Police’s (IGP) Intelligence Response Team, Abuja, have requested an eight-month-old pregnant girl, Chioma Okoro, who relies in Owerri, Imo State, to come back to Abuja earlier than the discharge of her husband, Chukwudi Okoro, may be negotiated.
A household supply disclosed this to SaharaReporters, saying the lady is presently depressed as she is near supply and desires her husband who has been in police detention since May 25 for no identified offence.
SaharaReporters had final Saturday reported that Okoro, who was arrested alongside 4 others, was labelled as a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and accused of being a part of the unknown gunmen who razed the state police command headquarters.
SaharaReporters nonetheless learnt from the members of the family of the opposite 4 that they’d been launched by the IGP’s group after every of them paid at the least N1 million to the officers.
“The woman got the phone number of Inspector Daniel, one of the police officers in the deal at the IGP’s IRT. They had warned the other four South-East residents released to deny that they paid any bribe to the police. But when the woman called the inspector on Thursday, he told her to come to Abuja before her husband could be released or stop calling his number.
“If no money is involved, why are the policemen asking an eight-month-old pregnant woman to travel from Owerri to Abuja before her husband could be released? The man has other family members and friends that the police can invite. Why are they holding on to the man because his wife has not come to Abuja?” the supply said.
SaharaReporters had on June 19 reported that Chioma famous that her husband, Chukwudi, was nonetheless being held on the IRT as a result of the household had not paid the N1.5 million the IRT police in Abuja demanded.
The males had been arrested throughout a raid by the joint group of the police and the Nigerian Army on May 24 in Owerri, Imo State, and labelled as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and a part of the unknown gunmen wreaking havoc within the South-East.
Chioma Okoro, who is because of give start in July, begged the police’s high echelon to launch her husband, who’s a struggling tricycle driver.
“He is the only one still in detention among the five of his set right now. The police told us to bring N1.5 million to secure his release. He is the eldest brother. He has only two younger brothers who are in school. They don’t have such an amount.
“My husband needs help. He does not have such an amount. The tricycle he is riding was got on hire purchase and he has not even completed the amount he is required to pay. I am not doing anything for now. I am eight months pregnant. I am a hairdresser. Things are very difficult for me and the family.
“He has been arrested since May 25. He was labelled as an unknown gunman. We last spoke on Wednesday and what my husband said was that I should try and find a means. We are all tired,” she had stated.
SaharaReporters had earlier on Saturday reported that the IGP Intelligence Response Team within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has been accumulating at the least N1 million as a bribe as bail earlier than releasing South-East youths and artisans tagged and arrested as members of the IPOB’s Eastern Security Network.
SaharaReporters had learnt from the households of the victims, who didn’t need their names in print to keep away from police victimisation, that they paid the large sums by means of their nostril earlier than securing the discharge of their relations.
SaharaReporters gathered that the victims had been raided within the South-East and delivered to detention on the IGP’S IRT workplace in Abuja.
“The Investigating Police Officer at the IRT’s team holding them is one Inspector Daniel. They were five in number taken to the IRT office, formerly called Abattoir.
“We paid about N1 million to secure the release of Chigaemezu (one of the victims). He was released in June by the police in Abuja,” one of many members of the family had stated.