The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has alleged the arrest of an undisclosed number of female members of the group in Owerri, Imo State.
The group said the women were arrested when they staged a peaceful protest to demand the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB, in a press release demanded the immediate release of the women, whom they said have been taken to Etche local government in Rivers State.
Part of the release read, “We condemn the sacrilegious arrest, illegal detention and barbaric torture of grandmothers arrested and held in military custody by Nigerian soldiers and police under the most appalling conditions.
It is unheard of anywhere in the world that old women, some of them grandmothers, were arrested by army or police, teargassed, locked-up and tortured for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights to peaceful assembly.”
The group said Igboland was not a conquered territory, but the activities of security agents were portraying the area as a conquered territory.
It also condemned the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha for standing aloof and letting such treatment to be meted to women from his state.