An undergraduate, Emediong Davies, and his friend, Saturday Okon, who were wrongly arrested when men of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command raided the Indigenous People of Biafra’s camp in the state, have regained their freedom following a report on their ordeal by PUNCH Metro.
Emediong told PUNCH Metro on Saturday that soldiers, who arrested him and Okon during the raid, handed them over to the police, adding that the police wrongfully tagged them as terrorists and detained them for two weeks.
He said, “We were on our way to Obot-Akara to deliver a portrait. Some soldiers arrested us around 4.30pm. We spent the night at the Army’s camp before we were taken by the police to their station on IBB Avenue, Uyo.
“The police tagged us criminals, terrorists and IPOB members. The Army commander at the camp objected to the ill-treatment and told the police that we were just minor suspects.
“We were detained at the police station on IBB Avenue for almost two weeks without access to the outside world. The police threatened us with death and accused us of burning down their stations. I was able to reach my father through the relative of an inmate, who came to visit.
“After spending two weeks there, we were moved to the state police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, where my dad came to bail me. I think they read your report at this time, because they were requesting bail of N50,000, but later changed it to N6,000. There are still many innocent persons in the cell. Okon is also safe and sound now.”
Emediong’s father, Michael, was joyous when he spoke to our correspondent.
“I didn’t see my son for 15 days. I was nearly dead as the case affected the whole family. The police saw your publication and transferred him from the IBB Avenue station to the state police headquarters. It was PUNCH newspapers that made this happen. Thank you,” he said.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, however, told our correspondent that Emediong and Okon were still in custody.
“They were arrested and profiled by the Army before they were sent to us. We will profile them and determine who is culpable and the extent of their culpability. As soon as that is done, whoever has no case to answer will be automatically allowed to go. For now, they have just been returned by the Army. They are in our custody,” he stated.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Emediong and Okon were arrested on their way to the Obot-Akara Local Government Area when the police stormed the IPOB camp in the Essien-Udim Local Government Area of the state.
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