In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 18th, September, 2020

See The Lawmaker Who Sponsored Controversial Invoice Permitting Governor Uzodinma to Detain Anyone In The State As Lengthy As He Needs

See The Lawmaker Who Sponsored Controversial Bill Allowing Governor Uzodinma to Detain Anybody In The State As Long As He Wants

Frank Ugboma

Frank Ugboma


Honourable Frank Ugboma, Deputy Minority Chief, Imo State Home of Meeting, who sponsored the just lately signed Imo State Administration of Legal invoice No 2 of 2020 (ISACJL, 2020) has cried out saying that the invoice was altered.


Recall that Governor Hope Uzodinma on Thursday signed into regulation the ISACJL, 2020, which empowers him to arrest and detain any resident of the state for so long as he needs.


In response to Sahara Reporters, Ugboma, who spoke after the invoice was met with broad criticisms, stated some sections have been sneaked into the invoice by some unknown people.


Describing the event as a “impolite shock”, Ugboma said that the invoice had 372 sections, noting that the controversial part that empowers the governor to arrest and detain contravenes the basic rights assured by the structure.


He stated, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Invoice I introduced had a few complete of 372 sections. How and the place it was amended, recreated and reshaped into Part 484 and past stays a thriller and a legislative surprise of our time as what I introduced and circulated to my colleagues throughout plenary, each within the first and second readings didn’t include such obnoxious and embarrassing Part 484. Neither was it deliberated within the Home Committee of the entire. It certainly by no means existed within the Home. 

“Nobody has been capable of clarify to the members of the ninth Home how and at what stage the stated Part 484 was inserted into the Invoice. It smacks of an evil manipulation to throw Imo folks into the dungeon.

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“This specific provision is a nullity ab initio in view of the unambiguous provisions of sections 1(1),(three),four,5,6 and 36 of the 1999 structure of Nigeria (as Amended). That is very appalling.”

The lawmaker stated he had requested that the state Meeting represent a committee to determine how such horrendous act was carried out.

He famous that he has forwarded one other invoice to amend the one assented to by the governor.

“This was not the Invoice I introduced and sponsored. 

“Within the manuscripts that I obtained after every listening to and which I’ve in contrast with that given to my colleagues, there isn’t any hand of Esau. 

“This has knowledgeable my view and I’ve forwarded a Invoice for the rapid modification of these offensive and draconian sections,” he added.


In response to paperwork seen by SaharaReporters, any individual detained on the orders of Uzodinma can solely be launched when he grants a license to the stated particular person.


It additionally abolished all types of preliminary inquiry or preliminary investigation right into a legal cost by a Justice of the Peace or any courtroom within the state and changed them with preparation of proof of proof.


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