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Imo: Police Release Senator Okorocha



Imo: Police Release Senator Okorocha

The Imo State Police Command has released the lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District and former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

Naija News reports that the former governor and three of his political associates were arrested on Sunday by operatives of the state command for breaking the seal of the Royal Palm Estate.

This happened after Okorocha and his supporters with armed policemen, Soldiers, and the personnel of National Security and Civil Defence Corps stormed the estate and unsealed it.

The property was linked to the former Governor’s wife, Nkechi Okorocha. The incident which happened around 5 pm along Akchi road in Owerri, also led to the damaging of vehicles and injuring persons.

The state government through the State Commissioner for Lands, Survey, and Physical Planning, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, had on Friday supervised the sealing of the Estate.

Speaking to Channels Tv on Monday, spokesman of the Imo Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, said the former governor was released on Sunday night after he was “invited” for “questioning” over the unsealing of the estate.

He noted that Senator Okorocha and his aides will be charged to court today if they are found culpable. The Police PRO added that investigation on the matter is still ongoing.

We discovered that Senator Okorocha allegedly led some people to the place sealed by the state government. This generated unrest and some youths from Owerri stormed the place.

“Right now he has been released and the Commissioner of Police has directed a full-scale investigation into the incident.

“If found culpable, he would be prosecuted according to the provision of the law,” he said.

Ikeokwu asserted that no casualties were recorded during the incident, adding that only one person sustained an injury during the fracas.

He also dispelled rumours that one person was killed during the clash between supporters of the lawmaker and that of the state government.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.