19 members of the movement for the actualization of Biafra detained for 14years are now free from custody. Tear flowed freely as emotions were high when the federal high court sitting in Awka earlier today discharged and acquitted them. The 19 defendant who were arrested in 2007 on a seven count charge bordering on treason, terrorism have been in detention ever since.
The trial judge ‘ Justice Oweibo’ quit ruling on the application brought against the accused and acquitted the 19 persons on the ground that the prosecutor failed to establish proof for treason against the accused.
” The judge delivered a well considered judgement. He collated the fact exhaustively and came to the conclusion that there was no evidence adduced by the prosecutor against the defendant. And what is worrisome is the fact that it took more than 14years to come to this conclusion and that bring to front one of the defect in our criminal justice administration. This is a case in which people wasted their youthful years. ”
Speaking about their ordeal, one of the freed detainee said:
” I give God all the glory for what he has done in my life today. Being in prison for over 14years is not easy, but today I’ ve been liberated and freed. ”
” I’ m a business man and in my shop I have two store which I left unlocked and went away early in the morning as I was whisked away. Initially I thought the matter wasn’ t serious and as such I told my neighbors that I will be back in an hour not knowing that I will be detained for 14years.
” For 14years, I have been suffering for something I have no idea about, but such is life in Nigeria but I Thank God for vindicating me finally. ”
Many Nigerians have reacted to this and below are some of their comments:
Peace said ” This country is just something, 14years wasted for nothing. ”
John said ” Thank God they were later acquitted. “