A High Court sitting in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, has reportedly granted bail to 51 Jewish adherents arrested and detained while holding a peaceful protest.
The State Command of Nigerian Police Force had arrested, detained and arraigned the Jewish worshippers before a Chief Magistrate Court in Umuahia North Local Government Area which stated that it doesn’t have the jurisdiction to hear the matter.
The detainees, which included ten women and several elderly men, were charged and remanded for professing membership of IPOB and engaging in a public procession the authorities termed a terrorist act.
In the 51 separate bail applications filed by their Counsels, Barristers Aloy Ejimakor, Toni Nwofor and Augustine Ezeokeke, they argued the charges were unknown to law and stated the offenses that the Jewish worshippers were charged with were bailable.
The High Court, in a special session convened for the purpose of hearing the bail applications by the counsels, heard the applications and granted the detainees bail on the same lenient terms and conditions.
One of the IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra) coordinators in Aba confirmed the news that the Jewish worshippers were granted bail by an Umuahia High Court on Thursday.
The source, who asked not to be mentioned, said they were making efforts to see how they could meet the bail conditions of the Jewish worshippers.
The source said no amount of intimidation can stop them from the pursuant of the restoration of the Sovereign State of Biafra, said that the group cannot be vowed.
According to the source, the efforts of Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, a special Counsel to IPOB, throughout the Christmas period to get the matter quickly set before a court for hearing, paid off as the hearing was convened today specially for the matter, while the Abia judiciary has not fully resumed work.”