Just in: Court frees 114 women protesters in Imo state


– 114 women who were arrested while protesting in Imo state have been relaesed

– The protesting women were arrested on Friday August 17 by the police

– They were held for unlawful assembly

A high court sitting in Owerri on Friday, August 24, granted the unconditional release of 114 women arrested for protesting in Imo state.

The women who were remanded on the orders of a magistrate’s court in Owerri were arrested on Friday August 17 by the police. They were held for unlawful assembly.

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NAN reports that the bail application filed by the lead counsel to the women, Ejiofor Uche was not opposed by the police..

Theaddus Oke, prosecuting for the police, told NAN correspondent that the case had been referred to the state ministry of justice for advice.

He said that the police had no say in whatever decision that was taken by the court.

NAN recalls that the arrests sparked off widespread condemnation by residents of the state and sympathisers.

NAIJ.com had reported that there was confusion at the magistrate court in Orlu, Imo state as over fifteen youths set the building on fire.

NAIJ.com gathered that the fire destroyed all the documents in the court before it could be quenched. The building is located in premises of Orlu High court.

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The police spokesperson in the state, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said that it was a premeditated act.

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Source: Naija.ng

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