The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Owerri Branch has set up a help desk at its Bar Centre in Owerri, Imo State.
Our correspondent gathered that the centre is to collate data of innocent citizens of Imo State unlawfully arrested and detained by police for the purpose of securing their release.
In a statement signed by Uzor Enwere, Publicity Secretary, the NBA disclosed that its Committee on Human Rights will anchor and coordinate the desk to entertain complaints on unlawful arrest and detention of Imolites.
Enwere said complaints received would be take up at the appropriate quarters in order to secure the release of the detainees, considering that the courts are not sitting owing to the strike by Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
Enwere said; “Sequel to the meeting with the Commissioner of Police and the Security Adviser to the Governor, it’s heart warming to report that a help desk has now been set up at the Bar Centre to collate the names of innocent Imolites unjustly arrested and detained by the Nigeria Police for the purpose of securing their release.
“The Bar, through its committee on Human Rights will anchor and coordinate the help desk at the Bar center to entertain complaints on unlawful arrest and detention of Imolites.
“Complaints received will be taken up with the appropriate quarters in order to secure the release of these detainees; considering that the Courts are not sitting owing to the JUSUN strike.
“This approach is dictated by the precarious security situation in Imo State at the moment which has the semblance of war situation. The outcome of our interactions reveal that there is more to the situation than meets the eye.