A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa has ordered the Joint Military Task Force code-named, “Operation Delta Safe”, to release two women including a nursing mother in their custody pending the determination of the suit.
The presiding judge, Justice (Mrs) A. O. Awogboro, gave the order on Thursday and explained that the two women included a nursing mother, Mrs Yeibra Esinghan.
In two separate suits, FHC/YNG/CS/1/2019 and FHC/YNG/CS/2/2019 on fundamental rights enforcement filed by their counsel, Mr Victor Gbafe, the applicants, Mrs Yeibra Esinghan and Mrs Yedi Ketu, they had prayed the court for an order for their immediate release.
The court also restrained JTF against their arrest and detention pending the determination of the suit.
According to a 12 and 11 paragraphs affidavit, the appellants were arrested between December 26 and 31, 2018 by the JTF operatives in Bomadi Town.
In her ruling, the presiding judge, Justice (Mrs) Awogboro ordered the immediate release of the applicants forthwith, until the determination of the suit.
“There should be an immediate release of the applicants forthwith until the determination of the suit.
“The JTF or any officer under its command should stay away from inviting, arresting, or torturing in whatever way the applicants or any of their relatives until the determination of the suit,” Awogboro stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the matter was adjourned to January 25, for hearing.