A former Governor of Imo State, Sen Rochas Okorocha, has recounted the incident that culminated in his arrest by the state Police Command on Sunday in Owerri.
The former governor was arrested alongside some of his aides while unsealing the Royal Spring Palm Estate, which has been linked to his wife.
The estate had earlier been sealed by the state government following a white paper issued by a judicial panel of inquiry which said the project was done with state fund.
Speaking with journalists on the incident, Okorocha, on Monday, said Governor Hope Uzodinma may not end well as governor of the state.
He accused Uzodinma of sending over 1000 thugs to attack him, adding that the governor has left governance and now pursuing shadow.
Okorocha further accused the governor of ruling with intimidation, and further alleged that he is “busy demolishing all my projects without building anyone.”
“The way Governor Hope Uzodinma is going, he may not end well as governor. Insecurity is ravaging all. Over ten houses were burnt in Oguta yesterday. He knows what he is doing. He wants everybody to fear him. Instead of him to face governance and pay salaries and secure the state, he is busy chasing shadows of violence.”
He added; “Hope Uzodinma wants to rule Imo State by intimidation. He is busy demolishing all my projects without building anyone. Uzodinma has taken a personal attack on me and my family. Uzodinma has reported to the EFCC and ICPC and there are probe against me yet he is bent on fighting me.
“Uzodinma used the police against me yesterday (Sunday). I therefore call on the IGP to probe the actions of Government house, Owerri policemen. Their actions were questionable. Chinasa Nwaneri shot my aide and my son-in-law, Uzor Anwuka.”
Okorocha who now represents Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, also called on the IGP to arrest to immediately arrest Uzodinma’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwaneri, and the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Youth Affairs, Eric Uwakwe, who he alleged led thugs to attack him at the estate.
Commenting on the ownership of the estate, the former governor insisted that it was built by his wife after he begged her to come back home and invest in the state to create employment for the people.
He said; “More than 200 gunshots were fired at my aides yesterday. Uzodinma must be called to question. The governor was using his position to aid thuggery. Before I went to that estate on Sunday, I called the CP and the Director of DSS and they said they were not aware of the sealing of the estate, therefore, I went there to find those who sealed the estate without the approval of the police and the DSS and moreover, there was no court order. Uzodinma should not take my peaceful disposition for granted.”
Meanwhile, a Magistrate Court in Imo on Monday granted a N5m bond bail on each of the fourteen aides of Okorocha who were arrested on Sunday.
The magistrate, B.U Adikaibe, who ruled on the bail application made for the release of the defendants also insisted that a traditional ruler in the state must stand in as a surety.
They were arraigned on a six-count charge bordering conspiracy, breach of public peace, possession of firearms, unlawful destruction of the official seal of the Imo State Government, a defamatory action on the social media against the governor of the state with the intent to injure the reputation of the state government and the person of the state governor, and disturbance to a lawful order.