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IRT not holding Okorie, investigation reveals

“Civil society insists her continued detention is disobedience to court order”

Credible investigation conducted by cityblognews has revealed that contrary to information at public domain, the embattled Glory Okorie who has been in detention for over eighty days is with the Inspector General Rescue team, the poor girl is being held by a committee on IPOB set up by the IGP not the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

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Based on the petition by several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), this medium commenced an intense investigation which revealed that truly the IRT has no hand in the continued detention of the lady.

It was gathered that the young girl has her case taken over by the committee on IPOB saddled with the responsibility of looking at merit and otherwise of cases before the IRT, especially complaints from the south Eastern part of the country, especially the brutality and excesses on the part of the men and officers of the IRT.

A credible source at the agency informed that Gloria has been taken to court, bail yet to be perfected and the committee insisted she has a case to answer.

It was however said that the Judge that granted the order for her release was a vacation judge and now the matter has been transferred to another judge to look into it, based on the stand of the committee on the culpability of the girl.

The source also stated that Gloria is not the only one whose case is being handled by the committee, and that some have been discharged, while others are being sent to prison.

According to the senior officer “the case of Gloria is not before IRT again, but a committee put in place, comprising representatives of police, Army, DSS and other. The committee is insisting on the involvement of the said Gloria and she has been charged to court, though a vacation judge granted her bail, but the committee has come up to oppose it. Now another judge has been assigned the case. So, unlike the story being peddled on the social media, IRT has no hand in it again…”

Coalition of civil society has kicked against the continued detention of the young lady, describing her continuous incarceration as an infringement on her fundamental right.

However, the organised civil society is kicking against the continuous detention of Glori, describing it as “utter disregard to a court order that the police should release her”.

The position of the civil society was encapsulated in a reaction by the Executive Director of Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), Comrade Okey Nwaguma.

According to him “It does not matter to us which agency or unit of the Nigeria Police is holding Gloria. What we know and care about is that she is being held indefinitely and in utter disregard to a court order that the police should release her. It is a shame that the police is still acting lawlessly and not communicating to Nigerians their reasons for holding a girl incomunicado. Let the public relations unit come forward with explanations on this case and let Nigerians and the world judge”.

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