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112 Owerri women protesters have been released

THE  112 women that were arrested in Owerri, the Imo State capital exactly one week ago, have been released.

This is according to Sam Amadi, a legal practitioner and human rights activist who had filed a case in court to challenge the remand order issued against the women by a Magistrate.

“It is done. Our mothers and sisters are free. We were very many who fought for this victory. And the voices remained very strong on Social Media. Thank you, everyone. Daalunu. Updates as we get them,” Amadi tweeted.

In a phone interview with The ICIR, the Police Public Relation Officer, Imo State command, Enwerem Andrew has also confirmed the release.


Earlier on Friday, Amadi had tweeted that he was in court to vacate the remand order issued against the women, and secure their release. He also criticised the police for arresting peaceful protesters.

Human rights activists had held a demonstration in Owerri on Friday, demanding that the women be released. Among the demonstrators was Kingsley Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who is also running for the presidency in the 2019 general election.

Below is how some other reactions to the release of the Owerri women:

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