The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered investigation into alleged abduction, detention and enslavement of Glory Okolie, a 21-year-old girl, who was arbitrarily arrested by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team in Imo State.
Ms Okolie, was reportedly “arrested” on June 17, 2021 and had been held unlawfully by the police since then.
Her only offence was being a girlfriend to a suspected member of the Eastern Security Network, and she was said to have been abducted so as to get her said boyfriend to turn himself in.
The ordeal of Okolie was however exposed on Wednesday by a rights activist and Director General, Behind Bars Initiative, Harrison Gwamnishu, who posted about her unlawful detention on Facebook and how she was allegedly turned into a ‘maid,’ washing clothes and cooking food at the IRT office in Owerri, before she was later moved to the unit’s headquarters in Abuja.
He was silent if she has been sexually abused.
The story, which elicited public outcry, went viral on social media.
Cash transaction slips of N220,000 allegedly collected by the policemen from Okolie’s relations were also attached to the post.
The post partly read, “21-year-old Miss Glory Okolie, who enrolled for the 2021 JAMB exam, has been in police detention since 17th June, 2021 till date. She left the house and never returned.
“Since 17th June, her family had searched for her in hospitals and mortuaries but couldn’t find her. Ending of June 2021, a young man who was freed from the IRT office Tiger Base, Owerri, told the Okolie family that he saw Glory in the custody of IRT officers cooking and washing clothes for them.
“The family immediately went to the IRT office and requested to see Glory and bail her out and till date, it’s been one story or the other. The IRT officers allegedly continued to extort the family and denied them access to see Glory. Our team launched an investigation and discovered Glory has been transferred to Abuja and tagged an IPOB/ESN member.”
An angry IGP swiftly responded by forming a committee on Wednesday following the outrage over the story.
According to Gwamnishu the police could not link Okolie to any offence other than being a girlfriend of a suspected ESN member.
He said that his team members were at the IRT office on Thursday and met with the Head of the unit, DCP Olatunji Disu.
He said, “The office is cooperating with us. The current head of the unit said he just resumed and that the IG commissioned a committee to look into people arrested for IPOB issues after the Glory story went viral. The committee is already profiling the suspects. They are many; they are more than 100 and they are interviewing them. We learnt the committee will give a report tomorrow morning and we were told to come and pick the girl by 11am.”
Recall that suspended DCP Abba Kyari was the head of the IRT when the girl was abducted.
He was removed after he was indicted by the FBI following alleged links to international fraudster, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi.