NEWSCASTARS.COM have learnt that the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, has signed a new law into the Imo State Administration Of Criminal Justice Law No 2 of 2020 (ISACJL, 2020), that empowers him to arrest and detain any resident of the state for as long as he wishes.
Section 484 of the Law provides: “Where any person is ordered to be detained during the Governor’s pleasure he shall notwithstanding anything in this Law or in any other written law contained be liable to be detained in such place and under such conditions as the Governor may direct and whilst so detained shall be deemed to be in legal custody”.
Also, Section 485 of the ISACJL, 2020 provides:
(1) 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).
(2) A license under subsection (1) of this section may be in such form and may contain such conditions as the Governor may direct.
(3) A license under this section may at anytime be revoked or varied by the Governor and where license has been revoked the person to whom the license relates shall proceed to such place as the Governor may direct and if he fails to do so, may be arrested without warrant and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.