A 20-year-old lady, Idara Gold, who was arrested two years ago by the Department of State Services DSS for wearing a Biafra-themed outfit to celebrate her birthday, has been released after two years.
Gold, who hails from Akwa Ibom, was allegedly apprehended by the police on 8 November 2021 after police browsed her phone and saw the studio pictures Gold took with Biafra color and detained her in Enugu for two years.
Ugwu said, “When they saw a picture she had posted online wearing a Biafran attire to celebrate her 20th birthday, she was arrested and handed over to DSS in Enugu from where she was transferred to DSS Headquarters, Abuja.
“Since November 8th, 2021 to this day, the DSS has denied her access to her lawyer, family, and friends, and has not charged her with any offense.”
Ugwu stated that when her family approached an Abuja High Court seeking enforcement of her fundamental rights, DSS filed an affidavit, claiming that they had concluded their investigation into the matter in January 2022.
In the affidavit, the DSS told the court that the suspect had been transferred to a military barracks in Kainji, Niger State, in February and her case file had been transferred to the federal Ministry of Justice.