With the senseless killings and indiscriminate arrest of innocent Imo State citizens by federal forces, the Nigerian Bar Association in Owerri, Imo State has said it would render assistance to innocent citizens and residents of Imo State who are daily harassed, arrested, detained and even killed by members of the armed forces. This was disclosed in a Press Release By Nigerian Bar Association, Owerri
The statement reads, “Sequel to the meeting with the Commissioner of Police and the Security Adviser to the Governor, it’s heartwarming 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. The Human Rights help desk of the Bar will open from tomorrow, 4th day of June,2021 at the Bar centre from 10am or so soon thereafter.”
The help desk phone lines to call are;
Be calm but vigilant.