Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the operatives of the State Police Command.
Okorocha was arrested on Sunday, 21st February 2021, after unsealing Royal Spring Palm Estate reportedly linked to his wife, Nkechi Okorocha.
According to a Channels Television report, the former governor was said to have gone to the estate with his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of National Security and Civil Defence Corps and ordered the unsealing of the estate. The Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the arrest.
Ikeokwu said the Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed, invited Okorocha for questioning following his alleged involvement and forceful entry into a property that was confiscated by the Imo state government a few days ago.
The police spokesman said the command received a distress call that there was commotion and violence at the Royal spring palm hotel located at Akachi road in Owerri.
Meanwhile, Okorocha has accused the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma of ordering his arrest.
Speaking to Channels Television via a telephone interview on Sunday, the federal lawmaker said operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the Government House watched as thugs destroyed his vehicles.
“I asked them, what is my offence? They said conspiracy and public disorder. So they said it was the governor that directed them, that made a report to arrest me,” Okorocha said.
“The police whisked me into the pickup and brought me to the police station, I am here now. As I am here, they have not said anything to me,” he said.
Okorocha, who is also ex-Imo governor said he is still shocked over the scenario that played out, noting that many people were injured.
He alleged that a top aide to Governor Uzodinma controlled the thugs and was giving them instructions on what to do.
Although the ex-governor did not reveal the identity of the aide, he claimed the governor’s Special Assistant pulled out his shirt, armed with a machete to cut him.
“I am still at a very deep shock and confused as to what is happening here. Particularly of note, what shocked me was the SA to the Governor pulled out his shirt, carried the machete himself and was coming to machete me while I was moved out.
“He was calling the boys ‘come, come.’ He was in charge and the police were following him. When they arrested me so to say, the SA to the Governor entered the pickup and came to the police station with their own video.
“They were making jest of me that there is only one governor in the state, there is only one immunity that they are going to deal with me. I can’t believe it.”
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Some of the vehicles belonging to ex-Imo State Governor, Rochas
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Today, Monday, 22nd February, the Imo State police command arraigned 14 persons including a senior legislative aide to Senator Rochas Okorocha, Steve Asimobi in a magistrate court in Owerri.
Channels reports that they are said to have participated in the ‘forceful invasion’ of the Royal Spring Palm Hotel which was sealed by the state government.
Spokesman to the state command, Orlando Ikeokwu who confirmed the arraignment also stated that Senator Rochas Okorocha who was in police custody for questioning based on the complaints lodged by the state government over the matter, was released on Sunday.
Giving further details regarding the 14 being arraigned, Ikeokwu said the suspects were facing a 6-count charge bothering on conspiracy, disobedience to lawful order, willingly and unlawful destruction of the official seal of the Imo State Government, conduct capable of causing a breach of peace.
Others are unlawful possession of firearms and a defamatory action on social media against the Governor of Imo state with the intent to injure the reputation of the state govt and person of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
Meanwhile, the Imo State police command has said it will not hesitate to charge Senator Rochas Okorocha to court if investigations reveal that he committed an offence on Sunday while trying to unseal the Royal Spring Palm Estate which is reportedly linked to his wife, Nkechi.
Police spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu who made this known while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said the Force will charge anybody found culpable, adding that if an investigation proves that Okorocha has committed an offence, he will be charged to court.
Okorocha was arrested after he went to the Royal Spring Palm with his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps and ordered the unsealing of the estate.
Commenting on his arrest, Okorocha had alleged that his predecessor, Governor Hope Uzodimma, attacked him with “more than 1,000 thugs” but the state Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, dismissed Okorocha’s claim, stressing that the former governor’s arrest was in line with the report of a White Paper, which indicated that the Royal Palm Estate was built with taxpayers’ money and not Okorocha wife’s property.
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