The Indigenous People Of Biafra has recorded another historical victory, as the last batch of 75 activists of 140 regained their freedom, after the court ordered the 140 to be released in two batches.
65 activists were first released on Thursday 13 June, 2019, from Enugu prisons while the remainder of 75 regained freedom on Friday, 14th June, 2019.
The activists were granted bail by Enugu State Magistrate Court presided by Her Lordship Choke on 7th of June, 2019, without the arraignment of the defendants and prosecuting counsel in court.
The prosecuting counsel who did not not file any application or provide to the court exhibits buttressing the charges against the defendants, sent a none legal representative to excuse the court of inability to provide the accused persons in court, as the Prison official ASP Emmanuel Udeh informed the Court the accused persons were not provided due to inefficient security backups and logistics.
After several arguments by IPOB legal counsels, the Court granted bail and ruled:
“After hearing the counsels on the first day of arraignment, the 140 defendants were remanded in prisons, on the charges of treasonable felony.
“The defendants have conducted themselves civilly and has never gotten involved in any illicit acts. The defendants have been remanded for 14 days and there is no evidential proof to buttress their claims.
An accused is not guilty until proven one. Therefore, the Court grants bail to the 140 accused persons, in the like sum of One Million Naira, a business man with goods worth one million naira with evidence of tax clearance to Surety ten persons or Surety with Landed Properties worth one million naira or a civil servant not less than level ten with evidence of tax clearance.
“Both the surety and accused persons shall submit full length of photographs to the court”.
The bail conditions were duly perfected by IPOB, hence the release of the activists.
The first batch of 65 activists released from prisons, also stormed the court in high spirit, so to welcome other comrades.