35 Biafran agitators who were arrested on January 20 during a march to celebrate the inauguration of the United States President, Donald J. Trump, has been released.
They were discharged by a Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt.
The agitators were arrested and charged with treasonable felony.
According to Andrew Friday, the Magistrate, he noted that the offence they were charged with was a capital offence which is punishable by death.
However, the court had the constitutional power to discharge them on ground of lack of diligent prosecution.
The accused persons had spent 37days in prison without the commissioner of police, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Attorney-General (AG) showing interest in the case.
The court had adjourned the case several times to enable them appear and show that the accused Biafran agitators were liable to prosecution.
“The court has the right to grant them bail; the adjournment has elapsed, without the state Commissioner of police and AG making their inputs into the matter.
“The court has the right (power) to grant the accused persons bail or discharge them in line with the constitution,” he said.