The Nigerian Army has arrested and detained for over one month Mr Tochukwu Okeke, the Senior Special Assistant on Security issues to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
SaharaReporters learnt that Okeke was arrested in July over his alleged membership of the Indigenous People of Biafra and had been detained since then on the barracks of the 82 Division, Enugu State.
SaharaReporters gathered that the Nigerian Army regardless of an order from the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, continued to carry Okeke in its custody.
The courtroom had final week ordered the Nigerian Army to launch unconditionally, the Senior Special Assistant however the navy authorities refuse to obey.
Okeke’s lawyer, Chinedum Agwaramgbo, had filed a elementary rights enforcement go well with for the discharge of his shopper imprisoned by the 82 Division.
According to the supporting affidavit connected to the movement, Okeke was arrested by officers of the respondents for allegedly belonging to IPOB and its Eastern Security Network.
The Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Mechanised Division Enugu, Taoreek Lagbaja, are the first and the third respondents within the go well with.
The courtroom had on July 29, 2021, ordered the military to supply Okeke and present trigger why the detainee shouldn’t be launched on bail.
However, the respondents ignored the courtroom’s order as they neither filed any response nor put up a authorized illustration, necessitating the choose, Stephen Pam, to make an interlocutory order for the unconditional launch of Okeke.
A navy supply famous that Okeke allegedly coordinated a syndicate which attacked police and navy amenities inside Enugu together with Adani Police Division, a navy checkpoint alongside Adani- Omoh highway, Ezeagu Police Division, navy Check level alongside Orji River-Udi highway, navy checkpoint alongside Enugu Abakaliki Road and a bunch of others.
The supply alleged that one of many syndicates’ camps was raided at Akpawfu-Amangwunze within the Nkanu West Local Government Area the place a number of arms, ammunition, vehicles and charms had been recovered.
The Nigerian Army, identified for serial violation of the courtroom orders, nonetheless, refused to launch Okeke as ordered by the courtroom.