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Imo govt, Okorocha differ on release from police custody

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Imo state government and Senator Rochas Okorocha have given conflicting reasons for the latter’s release from police custody, Sunday night. While the state government claimed on Monday that the former governor of the state was released from police custody at the state command headquarters before midnight on Sunday for medical reasons, the senator representing Imo West at the senate insists he secured reprieve through presidential intervention.

The state commissioner for information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, who made the disclosure, added that Okorocha’s release from custody didn’t mean he won’t answer to the “offence he committed.”

Emelumba said, “Okorocha was released on Sunday by the police on medical grounds. The man was purging and stooling consistently, the police had to release him on medical grounds to enable him to take care of his health. His release doesn’t mean he will not answer his case.”

However, Okorocha later told his supporters at his Spibat mansion in Owerri on Monday that the presidency intervened in the matter. “They kept me there (police headquarters) and about 11:30pm they asked me to go. I want to thank the presidency for intervening in the matter”, he said, adding that “Governor Hope Uzodinma shouldn’t take my peaceful disposition for granted. He should remember that he will not be remembered by how many people he fought by how many projects he built.”

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