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Indiscriminate arrest: IPAD calls on Imo CP to release speech-impaired person

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The Imo People’s Action For Democracy (IPAD), a notable coalition of civil society organization in the state, involved in mitigating actions for good governance and human rights, has called on the Imo State Commissioner of Police Mr. Abutu Yaro to release one Mr. Uche Anum, a speech impaired cognitive dissonance person, from Umueze, Umunachi Osuama, in Isiala Mbano LGA.

According to his family, Mr. Anum was picked up by men of the Police Command Anti-kidnap Unit on a random raid in Anara Isiala Mbano on June 15, 2021.

According to IPAD Chairperson, Mrs. Majorie Ezihe on hearing of the arrest of Mr. Anum, they paid a visit to the “Tiger Base” of the Anti-kidnap Unit of the police force at the Command Headquarters Owerri, but IPAD was advised to go to the control room for necessary action.

At the control room, IPAD was informed that an announcement of the sort was out of the question due to security challenges, that they may proceed on holding cell search to try and locate Mr. Anum. According to IPAD, visits to the CID, QRU and SIIB did not yield any result.

Upon due diligence and scrutiny, IPAD said they were later informed that Mr. Uche Anum was visited on Tuesday 13/07/2021 at “Tiger Base” of the Anti-kidnap Unit by two of his family members who were asked to provide the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000:00) to effect his release.

Following this development, IPAD petitioned the Imo State Commissioner of Police CP Abutu Yaro demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Anum.

The petition by IPAD read in part:  “IPAD finds the behavior of the Unit in holding the herein mentioned citizen a direct contravention of both the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Police Act”.

“In circumstance, the fundamental rights of Mr. Uche Anum and his rights as a person living with disability has been grossly abused, not to mention the trauma to his invalid mother and young wife. And we strongly believe that the office and the person of Imo State Commissioner of Police is not aware of this gross misconduct being perpetrated by this Unit on Mr. Anum and his family. Consequently, we request that he be released with the compliments of your office and a redress for the unjust treatment of this voiceless citizen ratified in regulatory compliance with provisions of the Police Act and the good work Mr. Commissioner is impacting in the Imo Police sphere.

Mrs. Majorie Ezihe told our reporter Stan Amadi who has been following the development that IPAD will be heading to the Imo State Police Command (State CID), to secure and ensure the immediate release of Mr. Uche Anum.

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