Imo Governor Assents To Law Empowering Him To Arrest, Detain Any Resident Indefinitely - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Imo Governor Assents To Law Empowering Him To Arrest, Detain Any Resident Indefinitely

.                    • Hope Uzodimma

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State may have  signed to a law empowering him to arrest and detain any resident of the state indefinitely at his discretion.

Uzodinma signed into law the Imo State Administration Of Criminal bill No 2 of 2020 (ISACJL, 2020).

The Daily Crucible gathered that the novel law grants him the powers to arrest, detain, for as long as he wants, any resident of the state.

Many are worried that law could unnecessarily strengthen the Governor's hands and prime him into wielding power capable of abridging the fundamental rights of the people, take away their freedom of expression and even shut down the opposition in the state.

Strangely, the controversial law abolished all forms of preliminary inquiry, preliminary investigation into a criminal charge by a magistrate or any court in the state.

For examples: 

“Chapter 38 (section 484 to 485) deals with detention during governor’s pleasure.”

“Section 484 of the ISACJL, 2020 provides that where any person is ordered to be detained during the governor’s pleasure, he shall notwithstanding anything in the ISACJL, 2020 or contained in any other written law liable to be detained in such place and under such conditions as the governor may direct and whilst so detained shall be in proper custody.”

“Section 485(1) of ISACJL, 2020 enacts that a person detained during the governor’s pleasure may at any time be discharged by the governor on license which said license may be in such form and in such conditions as the governor may direct under section 485(2).”

“Finally, in section 485(3) of the ISACJL, 2020 a license may at any time be revoked or varied by the governor and where license has been revoked, the person to whom the person the license relates shall proceed to such place as the governor may direct and if he fails to do so, may be arrested without warrant and taken to such place.”



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