The 29 residents of Obigbo in Rivers State being detained after the recent military operation in the South-South area by the Nigerian Army at the Sani Abacha Army Barracks and other secret prisons in Abuja have been granted bail by the Magistrate Court at Wuse in FCT, Abuja, NN news reports.
According to a rights group, the International Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law (Intersociety) which accused the Nigeria Army of allegedly arresting and detaining over 400 Obigbo residents in Rivers state, all Christians and mostly Igbo citizens.
Also, the human rights group had said that out of the 400 or more, 150 have been discovered to be held indefinitely and incommunicado in the secret army and police dungeons located in Abuja, FCT, without court trial.
However, following the application filed on their behalf by International Human Rights Lawyer, Richard Ebuka Okoroafor, the Chief Magistrate of the court granted them bail.
Barr Okoroafor had filed the bail application for the first 30 detainees.
One of the victims, though, could not be granted bail on religious grounds after he claimed he is a Judaist and not a Christian.
The court, thereby, directed that he should look for a Rabbi to stand surety for him.
Meanwhile, the conditions for bail and release of the 29 persons are being perfected while that of the rest 150 will be reportedly processed after the yuletide holidays.
See the list of the detainees below:
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