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IGP Orders Probe Of Lady Detained Over Connections To IPOB



The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered a probe into the alleged detention of a 21-year-old lady, Glory Okolie, for being friends with a suspected member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Naija News gathered that Okolie was arrested and detained on June 17 by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Imo State.

In a post via his Facebook page on Wednesday, a human rights activist, Harrison Gwamnishu, said the young lady was used to lure her boyfriend who is said to be an IPOB member.

According to Gwamnishu, Okolie was later discovered to be in the custody of IRT in Imo allegedly cooking and washing for the officers.

Gwamnishu, who accused the police of extorting the family when they went to ask for her bail, added that Okolie was later transferred to Abuja.

Speaking with The PUNCH, the activist said his team met with the newly-appointed IRT boss, Olatunji Disu, on Thursday to discuss the release of the lady.

Gwamnishu added that the police could not link the lady with any offence aside being the girlfriend of a suspected member of IPOB.

He said: “The office is cooperating with us. The current head of the unit said he just resumed and that the IG commissioned a committee to look into people arrested for IPOB issues after the Glory story went viral. The committee is already profiling the suspects.

“They are many; they are more than 100 and they are interviewing them. We learnt the committee will give a report tomorrow morning and we were told to come and pick the girl by 11am.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.