21 February 2013

Nigeria: Group Petitions IG Over Detention of Pregnant Woman

Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, has condemned the detention of a pregnant woman, Mrs Chinwendu Ezike, who travelled from Lagos to see her mother, Mrs. Celestina Okolie, a widow, currently being detained at 'D' Division Zone 9, Umuahia in Abia State, over alleged trumped-up charges.

Mrs. Ezike was, however, detained by the police as she made efforts to see her detained mother .

The group in a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, signed by its Programme Coordinator, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, said Mrs. Okolie, who was detained along with her son, Chinagorom, was said to have earlier lodged a complaint against one Mr Onyebuchi and his brothers at Orlu Division for unlawful demolition of her landed property and forceful eviction by the accused persons.

NOPRIN, a network of 46 civil society organisations, said in the petition that a human rights lawyer, Mr. Okite, informed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, 'D' Division Zone 9 Umuahia that it was a patently false allegation aimed by the person who made it to evade justice for his crime against the widow and her children.

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