Stop arresting by proxy: Abia CP warns officers

The Abia State commissioner of police, Mr. Ambrose Aisabor, has warned policemen under his command against arrest of the public by proxy, saying it was unlawful to arrest an innocent person in lieu of a suspect.

Aisabor, who gave the warning at the headquarters of the Mobile Police (MOPOL) 55 Squadron, Osisioma, near Aba, in continuation of his familiarisation tour of police formations in Abia, said it was against the law of natural justice for a wife for instance to be arrested when the husband, who committed an offence,could not be found during arrest.

“Policemen should stop arresting people by proxy. A situation whereby policemen did not see a person that committed an offence and instead went to arrest a relation of the suspect should stop because this is unlawful; it is against the law of natural justice.”

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Wilson Dankwano, commander of the squadron, told the commissioner of police that the base was established at the height of the kidnap saga in Aba in 2008 and said they were able to fight the hoodlums to a standstill.

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