The police on Sunday arrested a former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha for allegedly breaking proper right into a sealed property belonging to his partner.
He shall be charged on Monday, police sources acknowledged.
Okorocha was nonetheless in custody on the state police command as of 10 pm.
He was requested to place in writing a press launch, nevertheless the previous governor insisted that the state officers ought to go away.
The earlier governor was accused of forcing open the Royal Spring Palm Property sealed by the state authorities.
Accompanied by his son in regulation, Uche Nwosu, the Senator allegedly broke the keys in a bid to get properly the property belonging to his partner Nkechi.
Loyalists of the state authorities had been acknowledged to have confronted them. One explicit individual was injured inside the ensuing melee.
The federal authorities, on Friday, recovered the property alongside Akachi Avenue belonging.
Commissioner for Lands, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, acknowledged the seizure complied with a gazette on the report of the Judicial Payment of Enquiry on Restoration of Lands and completely different Related Points.
Okorocha, who was led proper right into a sienna automotive by policemen, was pushed to the command at about 5 pm.
Commissioner for Knowledge and Method, Declan Emelumba, acknowledged the earlier governor took some thugs to the property and forcefully broke the federal authorities seal to appreciate entry into the property
He confirmed that the Senator representing Imo West might be arraigned proper this second.
Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu (SP), acknowledged the command acquired a distress title.
“We discovered that Senator Okorocha allegedly led some of us to the place sealed by the state authorities. This generated unrest and some youths from Owerri stormed the place.
“Correct now he is in our custody and the Commissioner of Police has directed a full-scale investigation into the incident.
“If found culpable, he might be prosecuted primarily based on the provision of the regulation,” he acknowledged.
These arrested along with the earlier governor embody Steve Asimobi, Lasbrey Okaforanywu and Ijeoma Iboanusi.
It was gathered that about 12 autos with which the senator and his supporters went into the property, had been destroyed.
The tyres of the white Hyundai Bus via which Okorocha drove into the premises had been flattened with their windscreens shattered.
His orderly was moreover seen in a pool of his blood. He was acknowledged to have been shot inside the head; others acknowledged he was stabbed inside the chest.
Okorocha was acknowledged to have forcefully pushed away security autos mounted in entrance of the entry to guard in opposition to trespassers and destroyed the padlock that sealed the property and moved in collectively along with his males.
Social media advisor for the Imo state authorities, Mr Ambrose Nwogwugwu, alleged that the earlier governor led armed thugs and “destroyed and vandalised security autos and broke into the property of the Imo State authorities”.
Whereas Okorocha and his group had been nonetheless there, Mr Chinasa Nwaneri, Specific Adviser to the Governor on Specific Duties, mobilised and led one different group of thugs loyal to the governor to implement the sealing of the property.
Considered one of many aides of the senator, Onwuasoanya Jones, acknowledged his boss did not break into the Royal Palms Residences.
“He was there to forestall an entire breakdown of regulation and order by prevailing on his fairly a number of supporters and extraordinary residents of Imo State who had gone there in protest in opposition to the state authorities’s forceful takeover of the property to not take authorized tips into their arms.
“As a former governor and a gift Senator, the philanthropist understands the processes of in the hunt for redress when harm by the federal authorities.
“I can assure you that officers of the state authorities would possibly want planted the story of him breaking into the property to malign him.
“Had he been a believer in violence or any type of self-help, there would have been a bloodbath, because of Okorocha stays very trendy inside the state as in opposition to Hope Uzodimma whom Imo of us detest his very sight.
“Some Imolites had been spoilt to unleash mayhem on brokers of the state authorities and thugs employed by the governor to assault Okorocha, nevertheless as a statesman, Okorocha stopped them from stopping once more, even when the hoodlums despatched by Governor Uzodimma had bodily harassed aides of the governor, along with firing gunshots at some.”
Okorocha’s Media Adviser, Sam Onwuemeodo alleged that the Senator was attacked by armed thugs.
“They attacked and damaged all the autos in his convoy. As well as they attacked his aides.
“Senator Okorocha was with solely his aides when the thugs unleashed the assault.
“If he had anticipated the assault, he would not have moved collectively along with his aides alone; he had not at all been a violent man all his life.
“This deliberate assault is unprovoked and unwarranted. It has opened a model new nevertheless ugly chapter inside the politics of the state.”