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Court releases 107 detained Obigbo residents mistaken for ESN members

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

About 107 out of the 112 residents of Obigbo in Rivers state, reported to have been mistaken for members of Eastern Security Network, ESN, have been released by the court.

Making the disclosure, a human rights organisation, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Intersociety, said that, “their release followed a court bail granted to them a week or two ago and perfection of their bail conditions.

“The 107, mostly Igbo Christian citizens of Obigbo residency, have also successfully re-joined their families and other loved ones over nine months after they were waylaid by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on their way back from work or going to work and other legitimate social activities and abducted and disappeared.”

He added that, “with the release of 107 Obigbo abductees in addition to release on 29/30th June 2021 of 26 others held by DSS and previous release of a total 283 other abductees; a total of 416 of the 550 persons had been freed through various court bails. In other words, not less than 134 are still not independently located and are still languishing in secret military custodies.”

Recall that Intersociety had in its statement of July 6, 2021 released names of the 112 abductees including the four (now five in number) that died.
“Sadly, among those 112 abductees, secretly held at the Nigerian Army’s Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja, Niger State, five have lost their lives; namely,Thomas Ekwueme, Pius Onochie, Obinna Akapuru, Monday Ifeanyi and Tobechukwu Odoka.”

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