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Imo State Governor signs law empowering him to arrest, detain residents as he wants


The Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma has apparently signed a law enabling him to arrest and detain any inhabitant of the state as long he wishes.

Uzodinma signed into law the Imo State Administration Of Criminal bill No 2 of 2020 (ISACJL, 2020) which awards him the forces to arrest, confine, as long he wants, any inhabitant of the state under any circumstances he wishes.

The disputable law nullified all types of primer request, preliminary investigation concerning a criminal allegation by a magistrate or any court in the state.

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485(3) of the ISACJL, 2020 a license may at any time be revoked or varied by the governor and where license has been revoked, the person to whom the person the license relates shall proceed to such place as the governor may direct and if he fails to do so, may be arrested without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