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  • News - South South - Delta
  • Updated: February 24, 2024

Hardship protest: Police free detained activist Israel Joe amid backlashes

Hardship protest: Police free detained activist Israel Joe a

Israel Joe, an activist from Delta State who was arrested by soldiers on Friday at a rally against the country's economic suffering, has been released by Nigerian police.

Joe announced his release in a statement issued Saturday morning.

Allnews.ng gathered that Joe was turned over by the military to police, who planned to prosecute him with terrorism after accusing him of organising a protest against hardship and the high cost of life in the state.

In an update on Saturday morning, Joe said, "I have been released...I want to sincerely thank everyone who reached out on calls and messages. I appreciate all the bloggers, friends, comrades and fans who genuinely consolidated on this struggle for my release.

"Some comrades who are state agents and anti-people in their operations had liaised with the government to disrupt the protest even after having resolutions to step it down.

"Acclaimed comrades in the likes of one Ejumudo, Akima, Tega Tracy, Pst Egedegbe and others who were alleged to have collected huge sums of monies from the government to stop the protest attacked us in the presence of the security agents as planned.

"The police had resolved the issue before the military men came to ask who is Comr. Joe. They held one of my comrades Pemu Unurocheo and myself.

"In a commando style with convoy and siren as if Evans the kidnapper has been arrested, they moved us to the Army Barracks where we were shortly detained at the military guardroom.

"After some time, the commander came to interrogate us and I was happy they all were aware that there was hardship in the country. He then said he would be taking us back to the Nigeria Police Force. Again, they moved us in siren and convoy with full Air-condition to DSC Roundabout where they handed us over to the police. The police told me that I was under arrest and would be charged with terrorism. 

"They took me alone in their vehicle straight to the Ekpan Police station where I was quizzed, interrogated again by the DCO and my statement was obtained.

"In the magnanimity of the Commissioner of Police of the Delta State Command along with the DPO who saw the truth, upon which the hungry and haggard-looking comrades framed up, they had to release me.

"The question is how much were these hungry, poverty-stricken looking comrades paid to sell out, in the guise that Israel Joe is not a Deltan by tribe but, only a born Deltan.

"Who is even scared of Police cell or prison in the first place? I'm a stubborn non-conformist who would stop at nothing until our society gets better. We are not distracted by these antics of these charlatans, but, surely, posterity owes us all."

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