Monday 24 October, 2016
Information reaching our news desk has it that all 44 IPOB brethren kidnapped over the weekend in Bayelsa state have been released.
The Nigerian army on saturday stormed their venue of meeting while they were praying, assaulted all of them, before taking them away to an unknown destination in their hilux vans. They were immediately after their arrest on Saturday 22-10-2016 taken to Army Barrack by PDP road, after which they were transferred to Otiotio by the former JTF on Sunday 23-10-2016. They were thereafter transferred to Igbogana same sunday afternoon.
The Nigerian army over fear of possible indictment by Amnesty Intl were forced not to elimimate them as originally planned, as a result of the alarm raised by IPOB world wide to various international human rights organisation and media outlets.
We further gathered that they were moved quite early this morning from an inside source for an emergency court arraignment. They were arraigned at Yenagoa Magistrate court close to State CID - Court 5 and charged with 3 count of:
(1) Conduct likely to cause confusion in the State.
(2) Illegal Assembly and holding illegal meeting.
(3) Belonging to Illegal orgaanization (IPOB).
They were surprisingly granted bail with non-stringent conditions to the bewilderment of all present in court. They were asked to provide one surety with a proof of legitimate means of livelihood and must be resident within the state.
The bail conditions have all been perfected as at the time of publishing this report and all the 44 IPOB brethren kidnapped have been released. However, the case waa adjourned to the 14th of November, 2016 for hearing.
Recall that amnesty international has been focusing its laser beam on the Nigerian army recently, with respect to their incessant violation of human rights and killings of IPOB since the Buhari-led regime started. Due to this fact, the army thought it best to let the Biafrans go in order not to attract further negative reports and sanctions.
Biafra writers on behalf of IPOB leadership who sprang into action upon hearing the dastard act carried out by the army, wants to use this medium to appreciate all those who helped in sounding the alarm which prompted the immediate release of these IPOB brethren. We urge all to stay focus and resolute until Biafra is restored.
By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers.