Police Release Oil Worker Wrongly Arrested, Paraded As Unknown Gunman After SaharaReporters’ Story

The Imo State Police Command has launched a father of 1, Casmir Ibegbulem, 40 years previous, who was wrongly arrested and paraded as one of many unknown gunmen disturbing the state after SaharaReporters did a report for him and others.

SaharaReporters on Monday reported that Ibegbulem, a father of 1 and expectant father of one other is a “Permit Holder” workers member of an oil firm on Bonny Island in Bayelsa State and a local of Ogwa Community in Mbaitoli, Imo State.

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He had returned for the burial of his in-law, which passed off on May 28, however was arrested in Owerri when he got here to select up some private gadgets wanted for the burial.

Police patrol personnel had pounced on him at gunpoint and arrested him.

“He was paraded same evening alongside four others. Ibegbulem is married to Onyekachi who is seven months pregnant,” SaharaReporters had reported on Monday.

A human rights activist, Gwanshu Harrison, confirmed that the state command had launched Ibegbulem after the outcry by the media and stress from human rights activists.

“Ibegbulem, who was arrested by Imo State Police Command as one of the #UGM (Unknown Gunmen), has been released. He was transferred to Force Headquarters, Abuja two days after our online protest. Currently, I don’t know the whereabouts of others in this picture. Thanks to @PoliceNG_CRU,” he tweeted.

SaharaReporters had revealed that the May 30 Biafran Remembrance Day which the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) marked with a sit-at-home order for all South-Easterners was held with a number of arrests of residents who have been victims of police and navy raids in detention.

SaharaReporters had profiled among the residents who have been raided by the police and the military, and labelled and paraded as belonging to IPOB or its militant arm, the Eastern Security Network.

A report by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, a civil society and analysis group had detailed among the accounts of those victims of military and police harassment and offered their images completely additionally to SaharaReporters.

The civil society famous that previously one week, “not less than 30 open and secret killings by soldiers and police had taken place with most in Imo State where scores of corpses have been freshly traced to the mortuaries of the government medical centres.”


“In all these, we’ve acquired over 100 telephone calls and messages from members of the general public testifying in favour of the kidnapped and slain residents named above. Intersociety hereby calls on the Nigeria Police Force and Nigerian Army to right away and unconditionally launch all of the residents arrested illegally.

“We urge them to desist from perpetration of frame-ups and trumped up allegations or charges, abductions and disappearances, extrajudicial killings and other forms of genocidal operations going on in the South-East,” Intersociety had added.

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