A lawmaker representing Oguta State Constituency, in the Imo State House of Assembly, Frank Ugboma, on Friday distanced himself from the controversial Administration of Criminal Justice Law, No 2, 2020.
Ugboma, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), sponsored the bill in the state House of Assembly during the brief tenure of sacked Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Section 484 of the bill conferred on the governor, the power to detain a person as long as he wishes.
The document was later signed into law by Governor Hope Uzodinma in March.
However, Ugboma has insisted that he was not aware of the obnoxious section of the law.
He alleged that the section was imported into the bill by unknown persons.
He said: “As the Chief Sponsor of the Bill, I have had cause to search through all the documents that cumulated into the Bill. I must say that I have done this repeatedly and have equally taken further pains in reaching out to my colleagues in the House. I must admit that they have each expressed shock over the sudden obnoxious sections of the law more particularly Section 484 of the said ACJL of Imo State.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the bill I presented had about a total of 372 Sections. How and where it was amended, recreated, and reshaped into Section 484 and beyond remains a mystery and a legislative wonder of our time.
“As what I presented and circulated to my colleagues during plenary, both in the First and Second readings did not contain such obnoxious and embarrassing Section 484.”