The faceoff between the immediate past Governor of Imo State and incumbent Governor Emeka Ihedioha assumed a new twist on Thursday as the state government ordered a citizen’s arrest against him.
Okorocha, a serving senator was alleged to have ordered assault on a government official, Mr Jasper Ndubuaku, who is the chairman of the state government’s property recovery committee and Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters.
The Secretary to State Government (SSG), Mr Uche Onyeaguocha, gave the order on Thursday after the alleged assault at Okorocha’s residence.
According to Onyeaguocha, the 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.
The beaten of the governor’s aide was confirmed by the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, and the SSG at a joint news briefing in Owerri, announcing that a citizen’s arrest had been declared on Okorocha over the incident.
According to them, Okorocha hired thugs to attack Ndubuaku, adding that the senator representing Imo West would be arrested and prosecuted anytime he entered the state.
The commissioner of police, while speaking at the press briefing, said the police would investigate the senator’s involvement in the matter.
Ndubuaku, while narrating his ordeal, alleged that he was beaten at Okorocha’s residence and thrown into a gutter by some thugs.
He also disclosed that he was first held hostage for some hours by the thugs in the presence of security men attached to Okorocha’s residence despite having a court order to search the house.
“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 Crain 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.
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