Political unrest in Imo as Uzodinma, Okorocha feud worsen


There is palpable tension in Imo State following the arrest of former Governor Rochas Okorocha by the Nigeria Police for breaking into the government sealed Royal Palm Spring estate along Akachi road in Owerri.

The Royal Palm Spring belonging to his wife, Nkechi Okorocha was sealed by the Governor Hope Uzodinma’s led government in the state based on a white paper report from the judicial panel set up by the administration of Emeka Ihedioha.

In a commando style, Okorocha and his loyalists, policemen, soldiers and personnel of National Security and Civil Defence Corps stormed the estate and ordered it to be unsealed. This led to a confrontation with government supporters leading to fight where many people were injured and vehicles destroyed.

The Imo state police command immediately swooped in and arrested the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district for unsealing Royal Spring Palm Estate.

Destroyed Vehicles

Commenting, the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Orlando Ikeokwu said that the police moved to Akachi road when they received a distress call that the Royal Palm spring  Estate sealed by the government had been violently opened by men led Okorocha.

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.

Destroyed Vehicles

Ikeokwu briefly said: “The command received a distress call regarding what we termed to be an unrest at Royal Spring palm estate, and the 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.” Ikeokwu  added.

Meanwhile, Okorocha has accused the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma of ordering his arrest while the police folded its arms and watched the Government House thugs destroyed his vehicles. He alleged that a top aide to Governor Uzodinma controlled the thugs and was giving them instructions on what to do.

“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.

Destroyed Vehicles

“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.

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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.”