The Nigeria Police Force has labelled detained 22-year-old lady, Gloria Okolie a spy of the Eastern Security Network after holding the 22-year-old, who was about to write her Jamb exams, for 66 days in custody.
In a statement on Sunday by Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Aremu Adeniran, Okolie , the police accused her of acting as an intermediary, who receives cash, drugs and weapons on behalf of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The police allege that she delivers the items to IPOB commanders in their camps.
Adeniran in the statement did not state the date of arrest of the lady, but she was nabbed on June 17, 2021, but the Police kept her whereabouts secret.
According to the police spokesman, she will be arraigned in court soon.
The Police claimed that Okolie’s arrest and her confession helped the Police to arrest of “Onye Army”.
The statement read in part, “Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, working with the Military and other security forces, have arrested one 22-year-old female suspect, Gloria Okolie, for her complicity in the series of deliberate and well-coordinated attacks on security formations, other critical national infrastructure including INEC offices and killing of security operatives in the South-Eastern part of the country.
“The suspect, a native of Umutanza in Imo State, was arrested following ongoing investigations and implementation of special operation, Operation Restore Peace, to amongst other things, break the information, drugs and arms supply chain to the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network in the South-East region.
“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. ”
It added, “Further investigations by the Police team revealed that Gloria Okolie takes advantage of her gender and seemingly innocuous looks as camouflage to carry out espionage against military and police targets on behalf of IPOB/ESN. The suspect also serves as an intermediate person, who receives cash, drugs and weapons on behalf of IPOB/ESN and deliver same to their commanders in their camps.
“Through her clandestine criminal activities, she actively aided and abetted the multiple acts of murder, arson and malicious damage to both private and public property by the ESN. A lot of the deadly and unfortunate attacks on security personnel and assets, with numerous fatalities, have the imprimaturs of Gloria Okolie, the spy girl of ESN militants. Investigation is being concluded to enable the Police arraign her in court for prosecution.”
Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba had ordered a probe into the detention of the lady following public outcry on social media after a rights activist and Director General, Behind Bars Initiative, Harrison Gwamnishu, posted about Okolie’s 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.
Cash transaction slips of N220,000 allegedly collected by the policemen from Okolie’s relations were also attached to the post.