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No fewer than one hundred and twelve (112) women believed to be members of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, have been remanded in Owerri prison custody on the orders presiding magistrate of Magistrate’s Court 2, sitting in Owerri, S.K Durumba.

However two of the women, a pregnant lady and another woman who collapsed as they were about to be arraigned alongside the 112 others were spared and rushed to an undisclosed hospital before the commencement of the court sitting yesterday.

On commencement of the court sitting, the police prosecutor, Mr Thaddeus Okey had prayed the magistrate that he was withdrawing two out of the ten count charge and allowed other eight count charges to remain.

The two count charges, the prosecutor withdrew were those alleging that the women belonged to a terrorist organization and that of conspiracy.

It would be recalled that the women arraigned on a eight count charge were arrested in Owerri by the operatives of the Imo state police command last Friday during a protest where they demanded to know the whereabouts of missing IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kalu, his unconditional release among other issues.

The charges read, “That on August 17, within Owerri magisterial district, with intent to carry out some common purpose, assembled in such a manner as to cause persons in the neighbourhood to fear on reasonable grounds that the persons so assembled will tumultuously disturb the peace and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 70 of the criminal code act.

“That you conspired with others now at large to commit misdemeanor to wit conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 517 of the criminal code.

“That you and others now at large did in a public place, conduct yourselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by unlawfully obstructing the flow of traffic and other business and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 249 (d) of the criminal code act.

“That you did assemble yourselves together and publicly exhibited banners, emblems, flags or symbols of Indigenous people of Biafra and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 88(b) of the criminal code act.

“That you conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit treasonable felony and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the criminal code act.”

The women who pleaded not guilty in any of the court charges but the magistrate refused to grant them bail insisting on seeking legal advice from the Attorney- General of state before acting on the bail application.

She further stated that her court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter and adjourned the case to September 3, 2018, even as more than ten (10) lawyers represented the women.

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