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Former governor to be arraigned for breaking into sealed property

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By Chukwuemerie Anyene

Declan Emelumba, Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, has said that former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, would be arraigned on Monday, for breaking into sealed property.

Police had, on Sunday, rounded up Senator Rochas Okorocha, for allegedly forcing himself into sealed property linked to his wife, Nkechi Okorocha, Royal Spring Palms located at Akachi axis, Owerri, the state capital. Arrested with him, were former deputy chief of staff (Domestics), Ijeoma Igboanusi and Commissioner for Transportation, Lasbrey Okafor-Anyanwu; who served in his government.

Confirming the arrest, Imo State Police Public Relation Officer, Ikeokwu Orlando, said the former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas, was in their custody for breaking into the property sealed by Imo State Government. “We invite Senator Okorocha to the command to say what he knows about forcefully breaking into the premises. He is still in our custody,” Orlando said.

Imo State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning Development, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, Friday, announced the sealing of Royal Palm Estate and recovery of the property by the state government.

Former governor, now representing Imo West at the Senate, Senator Okorocha, escorted by his supporters, policemen, soldiers and Security and Civil Defence Corps, ‘ordered’ unsealing of the premises.

Consequently, officials of Imo State Government, mobilised to the estate. This created a scene of free-for-all fight, which reportedly left many people injured and damaged some cars.

Reacting, Senator Okorocha spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, lamented that the governor’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwanari, led thugs and the police from government house to attack former governor. Alleging they damaged all the vehicles in Senator Okorocha’s convoy, he further stated that they attacked his personal aides, and that the Senator was there when the incident happened.

However, Imo state government had denied Okorocha’s allegations, describing it as baseless. Media aide of Governor Hope Uzodinma, Oguike Nwachukwu, said the government had locked the park because of stolen item. He wondered why Senator Okorocha went with his supporters to break the lock and enter the premises by force. Nwachukwu pointed out that it was the duty of police to ensure people obeyed laws of the land.

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