Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has reportedly signed into law a bill which allows him to arrest and detain any resident of the state for as long as he wishes.
According to documents floating online, the new law ‘Imo State Administration Of Criminal bill No 2 of 2020 (ISACJL, 2020)’ says any person detained on the orders of Uzodinma can only be released when he grants a license to the said individual.
It also abolished all forms of preliminary inquiry or preliminary investigation into a criminal charge by a magistrate or any court in the state and replaced them with preparation of proof of evidence.
Part of the document reads, “Chapter 38 (section 484 to 485) deals with detention during governor’s pleasure.
The Imo State Government passed the Administration of Criminal Justice Law which gives the governor the power to order detention of anyone for as long as he wants without any reason whatsoever.
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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section 485(3) of the ISACJL, 2020 a license may at any time be revoked or varied by the governor and where license has been revoked, the person to whom the person the license relates shall proceed to such place as the governor may direct and if he fails to do so, may be arrested without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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