By Philips Sunday
Enugu, (AN24) – A Magistrate Court sitting in Enugu today, Friday, August 12, 2016, freed about 36 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were arrested on April 24 during a family meeting at Ngwo by operatives of the Nigerian Police Force(NPF).
The freedom of the 36 Biafrans is coming barely 24 hours after another court sitting in Aba, the Abia state capital, ordered the freedom of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were arrested on February 9 while praying for the release of Nnamdi Kanu at the National High School in Aba.
It would be recalled that the 36 members of the IPOB who were released today, were on April 24 taken to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) in Enugu after they were arrested and from there , they were transferred to the state Criminal and Investigation Department(CID).
AN24 recalls that they were charged to court on April 28, four days after they were arrested during a family meeting in Enugu.
AN24 News can also recall that last proceedings of the court case was stalled due to the absence of the Prosecutor of the Nigerian Police Force(NPF) in Court.
Meanwhile counsel to the 36 Biafrans, Barrister Egbonwonu during the last court session noted that the Prosecutor had requested for the court to grant him a long adjournment pending when he receives a consent from the Attorney General(AG) to proclaiming IPOB as an unlawful society.
Furthermore, the counsel to the 36 Biafrans, prayed the court to grant the Police Prosecutor the requested adjournment, but with an agreement that if the consent is not received at the end then the case should be struck out.
Citing section 101, 30(2) of the Criminal law of the Magistrate, Barrister Egbonwonu prayed the court that failure of the Prosecutor to produce a consent will be warranted that his clients be discharged.
However, during today’s proceedings, the Presiding judge granted the plea of the defense lawyer as the 36 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were arrested on April 24 during a family meeting at Ngwo by operatives of the Nigerian Police Force(NPF) were granted their freedom.