On the 17th of August 2018 history was made in Owerri, the Imo state capital as Indigenous Biafra women in their hundreds marched through the streets of Owerri on a peaceful protest to drive home their demand for the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu whose whereabouts remained unknown after the invasion of his residence by men of the Nigeria Army at AfaraUkwu, Ibeku Umuahia, Abia State Biafra land.
Nigeria Police Force rated the worst in the world by World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) due to their unprofessionalism in handling matters, in their usual manners started shooting teargas and cannister bullets at the women.
These women exercised their fundamental rights as enshrined in Nigeria law. The right to peaceful protest is recognised by Nigeria law, but the Nigeria state have continued to exhibit lawlessness and infringement on the rights of the citizens.
This is so evident in the present day administration of General Mohammadu Buhari who has no respect for the rule of law. In a civilised society, women on a peaceful protest should never be beaten, teargassed, arrested and detained. These women were harmless, they were not carrying any arms, neither were they seen disturbing anybody. The closing in on them by the police is, to say the least, is uncalled for; a malicious and wicked act.
The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha should be queried for this unfortunate incident happening under his watch. This show of shame by this administration has shown much disrespect to our mothers, sisters, grandmothers and womanhood in general.
Our mothers should not be treated like a piece of garbage by Rochas Okorocha and the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi. this is a call to all lovers of justice to prevail on the Governor of Imo state and the commissioner of police in Imo state to release these innocent women with immediate effect and also apologise to them or face mass civil unrest actions in Imo State.