- SSG says arrest order was over an alleged assault of a government official at Okorcha’s residence.
- Okorocha says Imoresidents will always defend him.
Former governor of Imo, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, has described the order of the incumbent government for his arrest as an open invitation to anarchy in Imo.
Okorocha in a press statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, in Owerri on Friday reacted to Thursday’s order by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Mr Uche Onyeaguocha, for his arrest over an alleged assault of a government official at his residence.
The Chairman of the Committee on Recovery of Government Property, Mr Jasper Ndubuaku, was reportedly attacked by men said to be Okorocha’s thugs.
According to the SSG, the former governor had been listed under state government’s security watch and placed on citizen’s arrest.
Reacting to the comment of the SSG, Okorocha stated that the order would only cause disaffection in Imo, pointing out that residents would always defend him any time he came under the attack of his successor, Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Okorocha further stated that the only reason given by the SSG for the order was that Imo people sympathetic to him prevented the recovery team from looting his private residence.
While noting that the order only added to their disrespect for him as a former governor, Okorcha described the situation as very bad precedence which Ihedioha’s government is creating.
“I was in Abuja when the recovery team slapped my daughter, Uloma Nwosu, and I was also in Abuja yesterday (Thursday) when the team invaded my private residence,” he said.
According to Okorocha, the Imo government had petitioned the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) against him but wondered why it could not allow the antigraft agencies to do their job.
Okorocha who stated that the SSG had no right to issue such order against a former governor said he order would not deter him from coming to Imo anytime he deemed fit, given the huge investment he made in the state.