The Ikokwu 29 arrested two weeks ago for protesting the torture to death of late Chima Ikwunado and the incarceration of Ikokwu 4 has been granted bail by a high court in port Harcourt.
A statement signed by the president of Elders council of Ohaneze Ndigbo Rivers State Chief Uchenna Okokoba said The IGBO Council rose from their meeting today the 3rd of February, 2020, and they want to thank all the following people for their immense contributions towards seeking for Justice for the Ikokwu 5.
(1) The Civil Societies Organizations
(2) The Human Rights groups
(3) The Igbo Lawyers
(4) All the media houses
(5) Rivers people and all Nigerians that showed concern over this matter
(6) The entire executives of Ohaneze Ndigbo Rivers State
The statement said Due to your pressures and immense contributions, we have been able to achieve the following:
(1) The four boys arrested with late Chima has been released from Prison Custody and charges against them quashed
(2) The 29 persons arrested after the protest has been granted bail and our Ohaneze lawyers has filed to perfect and change the bail conditions and possibly quash the charges against them.
(3) We are working towards identifying Chima’s body and carrying out the autopsy which we are looking at Wednesday this week.
With all these facts on ground, we are pleading that Ikokwu traders and mechanics and all other Igbo traders in Rivers state to remain calm and as law abiding citizens go about their businesses this Wednesday, as we want to give the Police more 1 week from Wednesday for Chima’s body to be identified and autopsy carried out.
Note that we are not relenting on our resolve to seek Justice for Late Chima Ikwunado and the other Ikokwu 4, as we believe that all the lawyers that are involved in this matter are equal to the task at hand.