The arrest of Senator Rochas Okorocha on Sunday has been confirmed by the Imo State Command of the Nigeria Police.
It will be recalled that Naija News had previously reported that Okorocha was arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Police for forcefully unsealing the Royal Palm Estate sealed by the Imo State government under the leadership of current Governor Hope Uzodinma.
Giving further details on the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, confirmed Okorocha’s arrest.
He added that the Senator and immediate past Imo State Governor was arrested for violently breaking into the government-sealed Royal palm spring estate along Akachi road in Owerri.
The PRO noted that police moved to the scene following a distress call that the Royal Palm spring Estate sealed by the government had been violently opened by men led by Okorocha.
He added that Okorocha is currently in their custody and needs to explain why he violently broke into the estate.
“The command received a distress call regarding what we termed to be 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,” Orlando said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the death of all 7 personnel on board a military aircraft that crashed on Sunday afternoon.
According to a statement by the NAF spokesperson, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, the crash was caused by a reported engine failure.
The statement added that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal I.O Amao commiserates with the families of those who lost loved ones in the crash while urging the entire public to remain calm as investigation into the matter has been opened.
The statement reads: “This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), @CAS_IOAmao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident. While urging the general public to remain calm & await the outcome of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.”