The women had taken on August 17th, to the streets of Owerri to ask the whereabouts of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, and according to reports, had barricaded roads before police officers arrested them.
112 of them were arraigned and remanded by a magistrate court in Owerri on Monday. 15 others were arraigned on Thursday. 2 others were taken to the hospital after they slumped.
Imo governorship aspirant Sam Amadi, a lawyer and former chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) who was instrumental to the release of the women announced the news on Twitter. He also shared details of the events that led to their freedom.
Speaking to Premium Times, Amadi said all charges against them have been struck out.
“Yes, they have been released. The DPP gave a directive for the case against them to be struck out, earlier today and we took it to the magistrate, along with the detained women. The court ordered the immediate release of the women. All them who came to the court were released from there.
“Only about 12 of them who were not in this prison are expected to be released from the Okigwe prison where they are held. The case has also been struck out,” Amadi said.