The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed charges against several supporters of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
As reported by Gistlover, seven of Kanu’s followers had their cases dismissed by the court. In addition, the court ordered law enforcement authorities to pay N130 million in fines.
Justice MO Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja, freed Maria Ezediaro from all baseless criminal accusations made against her, Kanu’s attorney, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, stated. This was disclosed in a lawsuit given the charge number “FHC/ABJ/CR/475/2021.”
Ejiofor explained in an official statement that Ezediaro was detained on February 26, 2021, when she travelled to the State CID, Owerri, Imo State Command, to provide food and medicines for her friend in custody. She was subsequently moved to the detention facility of the General of the Police Intelligence Response Team in Abuja where she was subjected to a range of cruel treatments and degradation.
Ejiofor noted that a fundamental rights enforcement suit was eventually filed on her behalf, due to the refusal of the police to release her or present her before a court.
He mentioned that at his firm’s insistence, she was finally granted bail by the court on April 21, 2022, and released after meeting bail conditions.
“On October 10, 2023, following our proposal and presentations to the court, the Federal High Court, Abuja, under Hon. Judge MO Olajuwon, dismissed the four terrorism charges against Mrs. Maria Ezediaro and acquitted her,” Ejiofor added.
He further stated that Pastor Cletus Nwachukwu Egole of the Holy Trinity Sabbath Church in Orlu, Imo State; his wife, Ifeyinwa Egole; Michael Uba, a Jewish religious prophet; as well as Ugochukwu Samuel and Raphael Idang, were all set free by Justice VS Gaba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He added, “The court also imposed N100m in damages against the police.”
Ejiofor elaborated that, after their apprehension on March 21, 2021, they were held and openly displayed by the Imo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force, and later sent to the IGP Intelligence Response Team Detention Facility in Abuja.
According to Ejiofor, Ngozichukwu Ada-Dav was also granted bail by Justice ZB Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Abuja, and she received N30 million in compensation. Ada-Dav was forcefully apprehended by a group of heavily armed Nigerian Police Force members in June 2021 and detained in Ikeja GRA before being transferred to the Garki Commando, also referred to as the slaughterhouse, on July 3, 2021, until her release.