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IMO women protest against King’s continued detention over allegations of his sponsorship of ESN

On Saturday, the women of the Omonito community in Abu Mbaisi council area of ​​Imo State closed the famous Ike Ngoro market to demand the immediate release of their traditional ruler, HRH Izi Leo Nkocha, from police custody.

Affected women, particularly those of Omonito Ngoro which includes Igberide, Eziala and Akwo Ngoro, rushed in their numbers to protest Nkocha’s continued detention.

Recall that Nwokocha, who is the Chairman of the Mbaise Council of Traditional Rulers, was arrested by the Imo State Police Headquarters, Owerri, on December 28, 2022, after a notorious member of the banned Eastern Security Network, ESN, Mr. Chinwendo Nwago, accused him of sponsoring them.

The Nwagwu, also known as the Onye Army, hailing from Umunneato along with the Nwokocha, named their traditional ruler and Jude Egwim of Mbaise as their patrons through a deserter Mr. Ihedioha, who gave them N120,000.

The women, who had refused to celebrate Ike Ngoro’s market day, protested with chanting of anguished songs against Nokocha’s continued detention.

One of the women’s rampage leaders, Florence Obara, of Okwu Nguru, who spoke to DAILY POST, insisted that Nwokocha neither encourages nor tolerates crime in the community.

It called on Imo State’s governor, Senator Hope Uzudima, to use his power as the first citizen of the state to have Nokocha released.

Lady Getrude Nwaegbu and Lady Florence Ogbonna spoke, explaining that the community had been suffering since the king’s arrest and detention.

An attempt to elicit a police reaction was abortive with Michael Appatham, the head of the Central Police, saying he was no longer in a position to comment on the matter.

IMO women protest against King’s continued detention over allegations of his sponsorship of ESN

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