Gloria Okorie eventually arraigned by the Nigeria Police for Trial after More Than 160 Days in Police Detention in Flagrant Violation of Her Constitutional Rights and in Utter disregard to Court Orders for her Production in Court or Release.

After about the one hundred and fifty fifth (155th) day in unlawful police custody, in breach of  constitutional guarantees of her personal liberty, human dignity, fair hearing and other due process guarantees; and in flagrant disobedience to court orders for her production in court or release, Gloria Okorie was eventually arraigned for trial by the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, along with one other person.Gloria
She was arraigned at the Federal High Court 8 in the FCT, Abuja presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo in charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/297/2021 dated 31st August, 2021
Gloria Okorie and the other person were arraigned on 12-Count Charges bordering on terrorism with four (4) of the charges relating to Gloria. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.
A bail application filed by her legal representatives comprising ‘Deji Ajare Esq., Nanpon Wuyep Esq., Samuel Ihensekhien Jnr. esq and 4 other Counsel dated 10th November, 2021, is slated for hearing on November 18, 2021 while the Court ordered that she be remanded at the Suleja Correctional Centre until the next adjourned date.Gloria
The Police have also filed a counter affidavit opposing the bail application filed on behalf of Gloria Okorie by her legal representatives.
We in the civil society coalition will continue to monitor and update on the progress of the prosecution of Gloria Okorie
Our legal team will also be following up on the fundamental human rights suits earlier filed on her behalf and pending at the FCT High Court and the ECOWAS Court respectively.
*Background*
Recall that Gloria Okorie was arrested on June 17, 2021 by the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Owerri, Imo State which held her secretly with her parents not knowing her whereabouts until her secret detention was revealed by the commercial motorcyclist who was conveying her when they were both arrested. The commercial motorcyclist was released after about 2 weeks and after he was heavily extorted by the police. He thereafter, went and informed Gloria Okorie’s parents about her whereabouts. The widespread public outcry over the secret detention of Gloria and her being converted to a slave in police custody prompted the police to transfer her to Abuja where they continued to hold her incommunicado without allowing anyone access to her until her eventual arraignment more than 4 months after she was arrested and illegally detained.
The Police also re-arrested, brutalized and detained the commercial motorcyclist for revealing Gloria’s whereabouts and later charged him with terrorism.
Gloria had just finished writing her Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examination JAMB and was on an errand for her parents when she was arrested. There were speculations that all may not be well with the young woman, which was why the police did not allow anyone – including her family members and lawyers – access to her.
The Police continued to hold her in blatant disregard to court orders for her release. The Vice President had also forwarded to the IGP a letter addressed to him by our coalition requesting his intervention. We did not get any further feedback on this letter.Gloria
It is the height of impunity when the Police feel free to act with such utter disregard to the Constitution of the country, the Police Act and other criminal justice procedural laws as well as regional and international human rights standards that Nigeria voluntarily subscribes to. It is even more worrisome when police oversight agencies and political authorities who ought to call the Police to order on such occasions look the other way and even ignore public demands for action against Police’s flagrant violation of the law and contempt for Court Orders.
As a coalition, we will continue to monitor the progress of this case to ensure that justice is not further delayed or perverted.
Signed
1. RULAAC
2. Samuel Ihensekhien Jnr.
3. Sterling Law Centre
4. Wuyep Nanpon
5. Chief Patrick Elohor
6. One Love Foundation
7. Access to Justice
8. Justice Support Network

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