Former Imo State Governor and current Imo West Senator, Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Police.
The ex-Governor was arrested on Sunday for forcefully unsealing the Royal Palm Estate sealed by the Imo State government under the leadership of current Governor Hope Uzodinma.
Okorocha was said to have broken the chain and seal of the estate to recover the property seized by the state government from his wife, Nkechi.
He was reportedly accompanied on the mission by his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.
Others arrested were Ijeoma Igboanusi, the deputy chief of staff (Domestics), and Lasbrey Okafor-Anyanwu the Commissioner for Transportation during Okorocha’s administration.
It will be recalled the Hope Uzodinma led Imo State Government seized Royal Palm Estate on Akachi Road, Owerri, allegedly belonging to Nkechi Okorocha, wife of Senator Rochas Okorocha.
Naija News reports that this was disclosed on Friday by the state Commissioner for Lands, Enyinnaya Onuegbu.
Speaking to newsmen after leading his team to the estate, Onuegbu said the government had sealed up the place till further notice.
According to the Commissioner, the seizure was in compliance with the directive of the Imo State gazette on the Judicial Commission of Enquiry’s report on the recovery of lands and other related matters.
He said, “This is as a result of the recommendation of the commission that the government should take over all illegal lands and structures acquired by the administrations between 2006 and 2019.”
He said the current administration was not resting on its oars in recovering all the state’s stolen properties, especially those carted away by the previous administration.
Naija News understands Okorocha is currently being detained at the state headquarters of the Police in Imo and may be arraigned in court tomorrow for removing the seal of government on the estate.
Below are some photos from the incident on Sunday.