Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
THE Presidential Aspirant of Young Progressive Party (YPP), Kingsely Moghalu has demanded the immediate release of 112 women detained by the police in Owerri, Imo State capital.
The women were arrested by the police in last week for protesting the continuous disappearance of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Moghalu after visiting the detained women in Owerri posted on his Facebook page that Nigeria must not be allowed to become a country where impunity by the authorities is the response to peaceful decent.
He stated: “I view with grave concern the continued imprisonment of peaceful female protesters in Owerri, and call for their immediate release. We must #FreeOwerri112 and put a stop to these assaults on personal liberties anywhere in Nigeria, no matter what form they take.
“I have just left Owerri prison where I demanded the release of the 112 women detained for several days. We must not become a country where impunity by the authorities is the response to peaceful dissent. Freedom of association and expression should apply to all Nigerians.”
“I support efforts being made by well-meaning Nigerians to secure the unconditional release of 112 women detained in Owerri prison for a peaceful demonstration. Their freedom of speech and assembly is guaranteed by the Constitution, and is non-negotiable,” he added.