44 detained members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been freed by a Yenagoa Magistrate’s Court in Bayelsa State.
The Presiding Magistrate, Penawei Mukoro, on Tuesday, dismissed the three counts of conspiracy, breach of public peace and unlawful gathering levelled against them (suspects) by the police.
The magistrate, who noted that the case against the detained 44 IPOB members had a ‘no-case submission’, subsequently discharged and acquitted the accused persons.
The 44 IPOB members were arrested in October 2016 while meeting at a popular bar/lounge in Okaka area of Yenagoa, the state capital, by operatives of the Joint Military Task Force, code-named Operation Delta Safe.
The suspects were later handed over to the police authorities for investigation and prosecution.