Izuchukwu Okeke, the commercial motorcyclist who revealed the whereabouts of Glory Okolie, a 21-year-old lady arrested and enslaved by officers of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Squad (IRT), is languishing in Keffi Prison, Nassarawa State.
Okeke was arrested and detained during the IRT police raid in Imo state. While in custody, he witnessed the detention of Glory as bait to arrest her boyfriend, a suspected member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He would later inform Glory’s family who had been looking for her for weeks.
Consequently, the family visited IRT’s office in Owerri to secure her release but was not allowed to see her. The officers then invited Okeke to pick his seized motorcycle. When he showed up, they arrested him for revealing Glory’s whereabouts.
Harrison Gwamishu, the human rights activist fighting for Glory’s freedom, said Okeke’s rearrest was to punish him for exposing the Police.
“When the family visited IRT’s office on hearing of Glory’s arrest, the officers got to know that it was the man they released that told them about her whereabouts,” he told FIJ. “Therefore, they called him to pick up his motorcycle and then detained him. Till today, nobody has seen him.”
On Tuesday, when FIJ called Harrison to follow up on Okeke’s rearrest, he said the man had been transferred to Keffi Prison. He noted that the motorcyclist was made to languish in jail after he was detained by the Police for weeks without trial.
Harrison also said the Police have refused to obey a court order on Glory’s matter. Although the Police accused Glory of spying for the outlawed IPOB group, a Federal High Court in Abuja granted her bail in August.
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