‘Many other victims remain in custody’
By Nsikan Ikpe
At last reprieve has come for #TopeBasss, the young musician who had been incarcerated by the police on charges of armed robbery as an Ogba Magistrate court struck out his case and ordered his release from custody.
Following the intervention of civil society organisations, a legal battle had earlier been prosecuted to ensure that the young man gets to enjoy the right to bail pending the final determination of the suit.
In a telephone conversation with Betty Abah of CEE-Hope, one of the civil society organisations that had been at the forefront of the struggle to get justice done for the musician, she confirmed the verdict and said that arrangements were now on to formally sign him out of the custody of the authorities at the Kirikiri Prisons.
She however lamented that from the findings of studies that they had carried out, there were yet many other innocent citizens who were not as fortunate as #TopeBass to have the searchlight beamed on their own cases and situations.