Glory Okolie: Court With Limited Jurisdiction Ordered Remand Of Motorcyclist Who Exposed Owerri Police Officers, Says Activist

A courtroom of restricted jurisdiction has ordered the remand of Izuchukwu Okeke, a motorcyclist who revealed the whereabouts of Glory Okolie, a 21-year-old girl enslaved by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of their workplace for a number of weeks.

The police had arrested Okolie for allegedly being mates with a suspected member of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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She was later transferred to Abuja, regardless of efforts by her relations to safe his launch.

After 66 days in detention, the police, in an announcement on Sunday, stated she was arrested for alleged membership of IPOB and for working with one Benjamin Uzoma Emojiri to assault officers and stations in Imo.

Her detention stirred public outcry as many Nigerians, together with civil society organisations, have known as for her launch.

SaharaReporters gathered Okeke was subsequently re-arrested at his home for revealing the whereabouts of the 21-year-old girl.

He was subsequently detained and his motorbike seized by the officers.

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A supply informed SaharaReporters that Okeke, has been locked up at Keffi Prison, Nasarawa state on the orders of an FCT space courtroom regardless of an act that eliminated the facility of the courtroom to find out and listen to prison proceedings on this regard.

He is reportedly remanded with out a formal cost nor first info report issued on this regard.

The supply said, “The innocent bike man is named Izuchukwu Okeke. He is the okada man who exposed the viral case of Glory Okolie’s whereabouts and her unlawful detention at the Tiger base unit of IGP IRT unit in Imo State.

“Because of the above, he has been held in the custody of IGP IRT unit in both Owerri and Abuja cells for more than 60days cumulatively. Information got to Harrison Gwamnishu of Behind Bars Human Right organisation, that Okeke was remanded in Keffi prison on 9th September 2021 in Nasarawa State without a formal charge or first information report charged with in that regard.

“The said area court judge sitting at Nyanya actually remanded Izuchukwu Okeke at the Keffi prison, in Nasarawa state. The said FCT Nyanya area court judge actually remanded Izuchukwu Okeke citing section 293, section 297, 24 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, and the provisions of this act, only in compulsory terms, provide for the procedure for the detention of suspect/defendant and persons pursuant to remand orders lawfully made by the magistrate court, nothing more.

“Moreso the FCT Area Court Repeal And Amendment Act 2010, section 10 and other sections have expressly removed from the FCT area court, the power to determine and hear criminal proceedings in this regard, which is in line with the decision of the FCT high court judgment in Barr Arugom Ifeanyi vs Grand Khadi area court, Cr of FCT area court, and others which FCT high court judgment per Coram, Justice B Belgore, nullified all powers of FCT area court to hear criminal proceedings.

“Ihensekhien Samuel Jnr Esq accompanied by an associate, yesterday being the 13th September 2021, went to Keffi prisons in Nasarawa State to confirm and ascertain all the above allegations, only to confirm same as true and correct, as the above mentioned Izuchukwu Okeke was remanded by the Fct Mpape Area Court judge sitting at Nyanya, FCT, Without no charge or criminal proceedings in this regard.

“This is one too much illegality by the IGP IRT unit legal unit and formation  and we urge all human rights lawyers, CSOs and human rights organisations to join and speak up in this charade criminal trial of Izuchukwu Okeke.”

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