Senator Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo State, has berated the current state administration led by Governor Emeka Ihedioha for calling for his arrest, saying it lacks such power.
Okorocha, who is the lawmaker representing Imo West senatorial district, stated his position in a statement issued by Sam Onwuemeodo, his media aide, on Friday, in reaction to comments made by Uche Onyeagocha, Secretary to the State Government.
Onyeagocha had on Thursday issued the arrest order after some persons allegedly assaulted Jasper Ndubuaku, Chairman of the Recovery of Imo Government Properties, at the former governor’s residence on Spibatt Avenue, Owerri.
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The SSG said Ndubuaku had gone with a valid court order to search Okorocha’s house for alleged stolen state properties when he was assaulted by persons reportedly loyal to the former governor.
But responding, Okorocha said the call for his arrest was “an open invitation to anarchy” in the state.
He said the comments of the SSG showed that the current administration in the state were insensitive, especially after its officials had purportedly humiliated him and his family at various times since May 29.
The statement read: “The arrest order is an open invitation to anarchy or fracas in the State because Imo people will always come out to defend Okorocha. It also shows insensitivity on the side of the government in the State because such arrest order was uncalled for and Onyeaguocha has no right to issue an order of that nature.
“The order only adds to their continued disrespect for the former governor, which is a very bad precedent. After May 29, 2019, Owelle Okorocha relocated to Abuja. He was in Abuja when the recovery committee members slapped his daughter, Mrs. Uloma Rochas Nwosu, invaded and looted the shops of his wife, Nneoma and that of the daughter too. And just the previous week, Onyeaguocha invaded the private guest house of the former governor.”
The serving senator decried the refusal of the Ihedioha-led administration to allow the anti-graft agencies carry out their investigation, adding that the government had resulted to violence and intimidation against his person.
“The government had written petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission. And these agencies have begun investigations, yet they do not want these bodies to do their work which also arose from their petitions.
“The same Thursday, Onyeaguocha led thugs to Sam Mbakwe airport and said they were waiting for the former governor. This is the first government in the history of the State that is fanning the ember of anarchy.
“They were rattled the day Okorocha came into the State for the first time after May 29, 2019 and he was received by a mammoth crowd. It then occurred to them that their blackmail and lies have not affected the love of Imo people for their beloved former governor. That is the reason for all these insensitive actions.”
The statement noted that “Okorocha will be in Imo whenever he deems it necessary to come”, adding that the arrest order “was void on arrival”.
He called on all Nigerians to disregard the arrest order.