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CHARGE ALLEGED ESN ‘SPY’ GIRL TO COURT OR RELEASE HER – JUDGE ORDERS POLICE

A High Court in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), presided over by Justice Sylvester Okorie, on Friday, told the Nigerian Police to either charge Glory Okorie, an alleged ‘spy’ for the Eastern Security Network (ESN), to court or release her.

Okorie, 22 was arrested by the operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), a tactical unit of the Police, on June 17th, 2021 on her way back from a JAMB centre where she went to write the JAMB exam in Imo State and transferred to Abuja.

She has been under detention without charges for over 75 days.

In his ruling on an ex parte application filed by the detainees’ lawyers, the Judge, on Friday, ordered the respondents,  to charge her to court on or before August 31, 2021, should there be any case against her.

In the alternative to the order directing the police to charge the suspect, the court ordered the respondents to release Okorie on bail in the sum of N2million with a surety.

Oriji said the surety must be a civil servant not less than Grade Level 12 in the federal civil service.

“It is hereby ordered as follows that, the respondents shall charge the application to court on or before 31 August, 2021, if they have any case against her.

“If the applicant is not charged to court as aforesaid, the respondents are ordered to release her on bail upon fulfilment of the following conditions.

“The applicants shall enter a bail bond in the sum of N2,000,000 with one surety in like sum, to report to the respondents whenever they are ready to charge her to court,” the court held.

The suspect’s lawyer, Ihensekhein Samuel, had filed the application on August 24th, specifically, suing the Inspector General of Police, Tunde Disu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police heading the IRT, and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), as the respondents.

 

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