The Federal government of Nigerian on Wednesday, 14th of Sept 2022, set free three suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were detained.
Their release is due to the intervention of the international human rights organisation, Amnesty International Nigeria, despite repeated outcry and calls by the agitators for the trio to be released.
The Three suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Army on February 27, 2020, at the Imo River community in Abia State.
The released suspects detained at the 14 Brigade Nigerian Army in Ohafia are; Sunday Nwafor, 59; Uzonwanne Ejiofor, 48; and Wilfred Dike, 36.
Confirming the release of the suspects in a statement on Wednesday night, AI said though it welcomes the release of the men, it also urged the “government to provide information about the status of other victims of enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention.”
“Amnesty International welcomes the release of Sunday Nwafor, Uzonwanne Ejiofor, and Wilfred Dike, who were arrested on February 27, 2020, by officers of the Nigerian Army, in Abia State, on suspicion of being IPOB members.
“It is a welcome development but Amnesty International Nigeria urges Nigerian authorities to provide information about the status of other victims of enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention, grant their families and lawyers access to them, charge them to court, or release them in the absence of any legal authority used to justify their continued detention,” the AI statement reads.