The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest and detention of a former governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha.
Accurate News has reported that Okorocha was arrested today, Sunday February 21 by the Imo State Government.
The Police says it took Okorocha into custody to explain why he led the violent entry into a sealed government property – the Royal Palm Estate along Akachi road in Owerri. The foregoing was disclosed by the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Orlando Ikeokwu.
Ikeokwu told newsmen that the police moved to Akachi road when they received a distress call that the Royal Palm Estate sealed by the government had been violently opened by men led Okorocha.
The former governor, a serving senator, represents Imo West Senatorial district.
“The command received a distress call regarding what we termed to be an unrest at Royal Spring Palm estate…Operatives moved to the place. We discovered Okorocha led some persons to the place hitherto sealed by the Imo government. The command calmed the situation and invited Okorocha to come and explain why he led the violent breaking into the estate that led to damages.”
Meanwhile, Okorocha was arrested alongside some of his former political appointees. They include Steve Asunobi, lasbery Anyanwu and Ijeoma Igboanusi.
Imo State government had earlier announced the recovery of the Royal Palm Estate; located along Akachi road in Owerri, the capital.
It was gathered that this was in compliance with the directive of the Imo state gazette on the report of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry on the recovery of Lands and other related matters.
Accordingly, this was as a result of the recommendation of the commission on illegal lands and structures acquired by the administrations between 2006-2019.
A statement issued by the office of Governor Uzodinma noted that the recovery exercise would continue unhindered.
“The present administration is therefore not resting on its oars in recovering all the stolen properties of the state; especially those carted away by the previous administration and in line with the 3R mantra initiative of Gov. Hope Uzodimma. The state must continue to work in line with the relevant laws and recommendations of government agencies and commissions; no matter whose ox is gored.’’