By Chimaobi Nwaiwu, Nnewi
A gaggle of human rights attorneys and different stakeholders in Anambra State have raised the alarm over the illegal detention of no fewer than 18 individuals in numerous Correctional Centres within the State, for offences allegedly dedicated by their fathers, husbands, brothers or relations.
They additionally decried the detention of a girl recognized as Mrs. Onyekachi Orji, who was pregnant when she was arrested earlier than she delivered in jail and had remained in custody for twelve years with the newborn.
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The group by way of its spokesman, Chijioke Ifediora Esq, mentioned they’ll now not settle for the continued detention with out trial of the victims and ask all households and mates involved, to present this course of releasing them an opportunity, including that on justice they stand.
Ifediora, additional said that the instances of the victims have been transferring at a tempo “slower than snail speed” with the final listening to being in January 2020 and most of them adjourned to March 2021.
“We, due to this fact, say a capital No to the continued detention with out trial of those individuals and we known as on Attorney-General of the Federation, the Prosecuting Counsels, State Government and others concerned within the issues to urgently administer justice on the victims.
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“As involved residents and advocates for rights of all and the sustenance for human dignity, we want to use this chance to attract the eye of the International Community, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Anambra State Government to the incarceration, jail detention with out trial and gross abuse of human rights of over eighteen residents of Igbo extraction allegedly for crimes they dedicated.
“Our investigation reveals that these individuals have been in detention at Onitsha and Awka Correctional Services Centers for over twelve years, awaiting trial. We, due to this fact, request that our justice system must be primarily based on the precept of truthful listening to, the presumption of innocence till proved responsible and speedy dispensation of justice.
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