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Community threatens to sue police over arrest of indigenes

27 May 2014, 21:25

Owerri - The Eziobodo autonomous community in Imo on Monday threatened to sue the police for the unlawful arrest and detention of its citizens.

The traditional ruler of the community, Eze Lucky Okoro, said in Owerri that leaders of the community in Owerri West Local Government Area were dismayed with the situation.

Okoro alleged that more than 70 members of the community, including elders, were arrested by the Imo State Police Command during a raid on May 7.

The traditional ruler said that those arrested included elderly men and women between the ages of 60 and 70, youths and some strangers in the community.

He said the arrests followed a protest by communities around the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, which led to the destruction of school buildings on May 5.

Okoro alleged that the protest involved other host communities of the institution and wondered why the police would come to arrest innocent members of his community who were not involved in the protest.

He, however, acknowledged that the police had granted members of the community unconditional bail after realising that they were innocent of the protests.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Abdulmajid Ali, also said that the arrest was not unlawful as painted by the community.

Ali said the arrest was part of the investigation in respect of the breach of public peace constituted by some members of the affected communities.

He said that when the security personnel in the university identified those arrested in connection with the riot in error, he ordered their immediate release.

 - NAN

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