Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested Senator Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of the state.
Okorocha, the lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District, was arrested alongside Ijeoma Igboanusi and Lasbrey Okafor-Anyanwu for allegedly destroying government and security vehicles and also breaking into a property the government had seized, which is linked to his wife, Nkechi.
The property in question is Spring Palm Estate, Owerri.
It was learnt that Okorocha had gone to the estate with Igboanusi, who was his deputy chief of staff (Domestics) in government; Okafor-Anyanwu, his Commissioner for Transportation; his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of National Security and Civil Defense Corps.
He subsequently ordered the unsealing of the estate.
However, government officials led by Chinasa Nwaneri and Eric Uwakwe, two aides of Hope Uzodinma, the incumbent state governor, arrived at the estate with another group of police officers and young men.
It was gathered a free-for-all ensued leading to sporadic shooting.
Declan Emelumba, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, confirmed Okorocha’s arrest, saying he will be arraigned on Monday (tomorrow), according to the Punch.
According to Enyinnaya Onuegbu, the state Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning Development, on Friday, the closure of the estate was following the directive of the Imo State gazette on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Recovery of Lands and Related Matters belonging to the state government.
The commissioner stated that the Governor Uzodinma-led administration was passionate about recovering assets belonging to the state and its people allegedly looted by past administrations.