The Federal High Court in Abuja has given stringent bail conditions to Gloria Okolie, a 21-year-old young woman arrested and enslaved by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Imo State.
Okolie is being prosecuted for terrorism-related charges by the Nigeria Police Force.
SaharaReporters learnt on Tuesday that she was granted bail on stringent conditions.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja in granting Okolie bail stated some conditions as requisite for granting her bail.
The conditions include the provision of two sureties, one of whom must be at least a level 14 Civil Servant; while the other must own landed property and must have lived at the present address for at least 2 years.
However, Okolie and her co-defendant, Emeoyiri Uzoma Benjamin, will remain in prison custody pending the fulfilment of their bail conditions.
Samuel Ihensekhien Jnr was present in court for the defendants alongside Friday John.
The Federal High Court had earlier in November remanded Okolie who was arrested and enslaved by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Imo State.
Despite the public outcries and clamour for her release, the police charged Okolie to the court for terrorism in a case, FHC/ABJ/CR/297/2021, with the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the complainant and Emeoyiri Uzoma Benjamin and Okolie Glory as the defendants.
According to court documents obtained by SaharaReporters, Emeoyiri was charged on count one to count eight while Okolie was charged on count nine to count 12. The duo were thereafter remanded by the court.
One of the counts read, “That you, Okolie Glory, female adult of Obor-Ofonumus community, Orlu Local Government Area, Imo State, sometime in 2021 at Amaifeke, Banana Junction, Orlu, in Imo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court committed an act of terrorism by providing information to Emeoyiri Benjamin, a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, a proscribed organisation in Nigeria on the presence of the police officers in the area in order to evade apprehension by the police and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 5 of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act 2013.”
Another read that Okolie Glory "collected N200, 000from one Chinasa Nworu in furtherance of acts of terrorism" sometime in 2021.
Another count alleged that she collected N300, 000 from the same Chinasa Nworu in furtherance of acts of terrorism.
She was also accused of concealing "information about acts of terrorism which you know to be of material assistance in securing the apprehension of Emeoyiri Uzoma Benjamin, a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, a proscribed organisation in Nigeria but failed to disclose such information to any law enforcement or security agency as soon as practicable".