A High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has ordered the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to charge Gloria Okolie, an alleged spy for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to court by August 31, or release her.
Harrison Gwamnishu, the activist who has been using his social media platforms to call for justice for Okolie, confirmed the development.
Okolie was arrested in Imo State by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on June 17, 2021, for being friends with a suspected member of IPOB.
The 22-year-old was subsequently transferred to Abuja, despite efforts by her parents to secure her release.
After spending about 66 days in detention, the police, in a statement, said she was arrested for alleged membership of IPOB and for working with one Benjamin Uzoma Emojiri to attack Police officers and stations in Imo.
“Police Investigations revealed that Gloria Okolie is a member of IPOB/ESN in Imo State who worked closely with one Benjamin Uzoma Emojiri a.k.a “Onye Army”, one of the ESN commanders earlier declared wanted by the Police for his lead roles in planning, coordinating and executing the attack on the Imo State Police Command Headquarters and Imo State Headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service,” the police had said.
Her detention stirred national outcry, with many Nigerians and Civil Society Organisations calling for her release.
On Monday, Okolie filed a fundamental human rights suit asking the court to mandate the police to pay the sum of N100 billion as “general and punitive” damages for “infringing” on her rights.
The court, on Friday, asked that she should be charged to court or be granted bail in the sum of N2 million.
The court also said a level-12 officer must stand as surety for her.