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Gov. Ihedioha Orders Rochas Okorocha’s Arrest



Court Rejects Okorocha’s Request To Stop Properties' Takeover

The Imo State Government led by Emeka Ihedioha has ordered a citizen’s arrest against Senator Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past governor of the southeast state.

Naija News reports that the Ihedioha led government ordered a citizen’s arrest against Okorocha on Thursday, August 29 over alleged assault on a government official, Jasper Ndubuaku.

This online news platform understands that Uche Onyeaguocha, the Secretary to State Government (SSG), gave the order after Ndubuaku, who is the Chairman of the Recovery of Government Properties, was allegedly assaulted at Okorocha’s residence.

The Secretary to State Government said Imo State had also placed Okorocha on security watch and urged Imo citizens to arrest him and alert the government whenever they found him in the state.

A report monitored on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Naija News, says a trending video on Thursday, captured some thugs beating Ndubuaku at Okorocha’s residence on Spibatt Avenue in Owerri.

Rabiu Ladodo, the Commissioner of Police in the state, and the Secretary to State Government confirmed the development to journalists at a joint news briefing in Owerri.

The Police Commissioner and SSG announced that a citizen’s arrest had been declared on Okorocha over the incident.

Both men alleged that the former governor of the state hired thugs to attack Ndubuaku, who doubles as Special Adviser to Governor Ihedioha on Security matters.

The Police Commissioner and SSG said Okorocha, who represents Imo West at the Nigerian Senate, would be arrested and prosecuted anytime he entered the state.

Ndubuaku, who narrated his ordeal to NAN, alleged that he was beaten at Okorocha’s residence and thrown into a gutter by some thugs.

The assaulted government official alleged that he was first held hostage for some hours by the thugs in the presence of security men attached to Okorocha’s residence.

Ndubuaku said that the recovery team obtained a court order to search Okorocha’s house.

His words: “We got a court order to recover stolen properties kept in Okorocha’s house and when we got to his house on Thursday, armed thugs attacked us.

“There are twenty government vehicles in his house, four Speed Boats, one movable crane and generator sets, which we went to recover before the incident.

“We will not give up the battle, we will go back to his house because the property belongs to Imo government,” Ndubuaku said.

Reacting to the government’s order, the Special Assistant on Media to the former governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the recovery committee was attacked by the former governor’s sympathizers and passersby.

Onwuemeodo said the recovery team went to Okorocha’s house without a court order, adding that they invaded Okorocha’s residence with no fewer than 50 thugs.