The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the Abia State Police Command to release its members allegedly detained in secret cells.
The group stated that the Biafra agitators were kidnapped and imprisoned in secret cells by the Nigeria Police six months ago.
According to IPOB, the victims are being kept at the Mobile Police Base and State Criminal Investigation Department in Abia State, without granting them access to any of their family members.
The separatist group asked for their immediate release or that they be charged to court.
IPOB disclosed this in a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, made available to SaharaReporters on Tuesday.
“We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to alert the world to the continued and illegal detention of Biafrans by the Nigerian security agencies.
“It is more provocating that these innocent victims are kept incommunicado in various secret cells out of the reach of friends and family members.
“We have just discovered that some of the Biafra agitators abducted by the Nigeria police were kept incommunicado in a secret cell at the Mopol Base, and the State CID Command, Bende Road, Umuahia, Abia State.
“Since six months ago when these innocent Biafrans were abducted, we have been searching for them until now that we have discovered where they were hidden,” the statement read.
In the statement titled, ‘Biafrans Detained In Secret Cells In Abia Must Be Released Or Charged To Court – IPOB’, the group called on the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu and other government executives to ensure that detained Friday Ezegbulam also known as Nkuwasi; Chamaroke Onwuka, and about 35 others regain their freedom or are charged to court.
“Some of the victims include: Mazi Friday Ezegbulam, aka Nkuwasi who was picked up at Umudike junction; Mazi Chamaroke Onwuka, a retired police officer who was picked up in his office along Bende Road, Umuahia; and about 35 others arrested mostly in Aba.
“We are calling on men and women of conscience across the globe to take a record of the atrocities of the wicked Nigerian security agents, and to prevail on the Nigerian Government to release these innocent Biafrans unconditionally.
“If they won't release these victims, let them be charged to court instead of keeping them in detention indefinitely without trial.
“We also call on the Abia State Governor and his officials to ensure these innocent Biafrans are either released or charged to court without further delay. They have suffered enough, and their continued detention without trial will no longer be tolerated.
“The Nigerian law recommends that a suspect be charged to court within 24 hours. But the Nigerian security agencies have a penchant for flouting the laws once Biafra is involved. They are scared of bandits and terrorists but derive pleasure in killing and torturing peaceful Biafran agitators,” the statement added.