Last Monday, the Nigerian police prosecuted 114 pro-Biafra women in Owerri Magistrate Court.
The women were arrested on Friday during a peaceful protest to demand a date for Biafra referendum, as well as the location of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who vanished since September 14, 2017 after raid of his Afaraukwu Umuahia country home by security workers.
The Pro-Biafra women were brought to the court premises in Hilux vans and trucks, and they were arraigned on ten-count charge ranging from treasonable felony, terrorism and unlawful assembly, as well as breach of public peace, unlawful procession, unlawful obstruction of traffic flow and possession of IPOB symbols and flags. The charge sheet was signed by the Superintendent of Police and Officer in Charge of Legal Unit, Thaddeus Okey.
According to the Magistrate, “it is wrong to first bring an accused person to a magistrate court when the offence involved can only be entertained by the High court”. Therefore, the magistrate struck out three charges and referred the matter to the Public Prosecution for onward transfer to High court. The matter was later adjourned till September 3 while the accused were to be remanded in prison custody.