The Need To Stop Intimidation Of Innocent Nigerians By The Police

The Need To Stop Intimidation Of Innocent Nigerians By The Police

A High Court in Owerri on Friday evening released unconditionally, the 114 women suspected to be members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.
The women were remanded by a Magistrate’s Court in Owerri on Monday and Thursday respectively after they were arrested and arraigned by the Police for demanding to know the whereabouts of missing IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The bail application filed by the lead counsel to the women, Ejiofor Uche, was not opposed, as the Police had no representation in court.
The court had granted the bail application and freed the women unconditionally. The Police Prosecutor, Theaddus Okay, was quoted to have said that the Police had no representation because the matter had been referred to the state ministry of justice for legal counsel and decision.
While it is the responsibility of the Police to protect the lives and property of citizens, it is surprising how Nigerians are constantly intimidated and manhandled by the same institution who should give them succor and protection.
The police have obviously forgotten the right express themselves which every Nigerian possesses, and should not be in a hurry to arrest persons over peaceful protests, in a semblance of intimidation – a situation that has become a norm.
The confidence of Nigerians has to be rekindled in the police and other security agencies and not in the current situation where the common man has completely lost faith in them. One of the advantages of democracy is the right of individuals to express themselves without fear. In a situation where this is no longer so, where Nigerians are constantly being muscled and intimidated, it will only present the Government and the security agencies in a bad light.
We, therefore, call on the authorities to shun intimidation and allow Nigerians to freely express themselves as long as it is not marred violence and under the provisions of the law.
While we appreciate the role of the police and other security agencies to secure the nation, we equally warn them to apply decorum and reasonableness in doing so, instead of making themselves look like mere stooges before everyone. Nnamdi Kanu is a son, sibling, and friend of people and if his whereabouts are not known all this while, we think it is only natural for his people or other concerned Nigerians to ask questions.
We, therefore, call on the Federal Government to ensure that the case of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB is handled with all openness and transparency.


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