Thirty-six human rights and civil organisations have raised a petition to the House of Representatives in Abuja, over the Nigeria Police Force’s continued illegal detention of Gloria Okorie, a 21-year-old woman from Orlu, Imo State, and the police’s disobedience to court orders.
The 36 human rights groups in a petition dated October 15, 2021, and addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the NPF under Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, ignored a directive from the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Okolie and had rather chosen to keep her in illegal detention.
How Police Inspector-General Disobeyed Osinbajo’s Directive, Continued To Detain Gloria Okolie Illegally For Four Months – 36 Civil Societies Petition National Assembly
SaharaReporters had in several reports detailed how Okolie, from Orlu/Orsu and Oru East Federal Constituency, was clamped in police detention for over four months – a period of over 120 days.
She was arrested on June 17, 2021 and detained secretly by the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) at their Tiger Base office in Owerri, Imo State, before she was transferred to the Abuja headquarters of IRT.
The petition, titled, “Re: Continued Indefinite Detention of Gloria Okorie by the Nigeria Police and Police’s Flagrant Disobedience to Court Orders to Release her or charge her to court,” was sent to Gbajabiamila through Jerry Alagbaoso, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions and Member Representing Orlu/ Orsu/ and Oru East Federal Constituency, Imo State at the House of Representatives.
The civil societies said, “We, the undersigned human rights and civil society organizations in Nigeria, write to you most respectfully regarding Gloria Okorie, the 21-year-old female from Orlu, Imo State under Orlu/Orsu and Oru East Federal Constituency, who has been in police detention for over 4 months. For 120 days, the police have continued to stubbornly and contemptuously detain Gloria in defiance of several legitimate efforts to release her, including a court order on the police to release her on bail or immediately charge her to court, repeated pleas and efforts by her parents, family members and lawyers to secure her bail, civil society demands for her release on the grounds of her constitutional rights under Nigeria’s 1999 constitution as well as public outcry and media reports and critical commentaries over her continued detention by the police in flagrant violation of the law.