Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has accused the office of the Inspector General of Police of attempting to frame up a girl whose family had been looking for since June.
Gloria Okolie, 21, had been declared missing since June but it was later found out that she was held hostage by officers of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Imo state.
HURIWA said the just issued press statement from the Force Headquarters declaring her as a terror suspect arrested 78 hours after her case became public information courtesy of a civil Rights campaigner, Mr. Harrison Gwamnishu, who found her being allegedly converted to a maid for 72 days by the Police is despicable, reprehensible and odious.
The group in a statement asked the Inspector General of Police not to frame up against an apparently distressed girl whose family haven’t seen for months.
Okolie was said to have been arrested on June 17 by IRT officers in order to use her as bait to arrest her boyfriend who is suspected to be a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The family of the young lady had been searching for her.
HURIWA recalled that Mr. Harrison Gwamnishu, an activist and director-general of Behind Bars Human Rights Foundation, in a Facebook post, said it was later discovered that Okolie was in the custody of IRT in Imo allegedly cooking and washing for the officers.
Gwamnishu accused the police of extorting the family when they went to ask for her bail. He said Okolie was later transferred to Abuja.
HURIWA said the case is a criminal acts of human rights violations and abuses inflicted on a citizen of Nigeria on account of a mere suspicion that her purported boyfriend is a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) amounted to holding a Citizen as a hostage in exchange for someone being sought by the police which is absolutely unlawful, unconstitutional and outrageous.
HURIWA further stated that it finds the issued press Statement as utterly irresponsible, insensitive, irrational and projects the Nigerian Police Force as a bunch of hostage takers who do not care a hoot about morality or professional ethics of policing because this girl’s matter was already a public information regarding how she was illegally detained and allegedly made to work for the police in Imo State as a maid, an Act that should constitute a criminal charge of forced enslavement and human trafficking but here we are being told by the police that the victim of their human rights abuses is now a suspected spy for the so called militant.
HURIWA said it is disingenuous and imbecilic for the police through the Force headquarters to spew the following propaganda about the girl whose case was already in the public domain as someone being victimsed by the police.
The Rights group in a media statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf said it was disappointing that at a time some people are beginning to think that the police has eventually decided to turn a new leaf and stop spewing toxic lies and half truths and stop framing innocent people up the same police that has become very notorious as a violator of peoples human rights is openly performing government magic and attempting to foist and impose a strange and utterly senseless charge on an innocent girl that her officers held hostage for over 72 days and never contacted her family nor charge her to court against the Constitutional provisions that obliges the police to bring up charges within 24 hours after arrest moreover when section 36(5) presumes the girl as being totally innocent in the eye of the law but this Nigerian police force that is utterly despicable kept her for many months and has only just issued a lame and tepid press statement accusing the girl of being a spy.