Former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the state Police Command for allegedly unsealing the Royal Spring Palm Estate which was sealed by the state government.
Okorocha was arrested on Sunday after unsealing the estate reportedly linked to his wife, Nkechi.
This was even as Okorocha has accused the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma of ordering his arrest.
He was said to have gone to the estate with his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of National Security and Civil Defence Corps and ordered the unsealing of the estate.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the arrest of Chief Okorocha in an interview with reporters.
Ikeokwu said the Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed, invited Okorocha for questioning following his alleged involvement and forceful entry into a property that was confiscated by the Imo state government a few days earlier.
He further said that the command received a distress call that there was commotion and violence at the Royal spring palm hotel located at Akachi road in Owerri.
Okorocha told reporters that operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the Government House watched as thugs destroyed his vehicles.
“I asked them, what is my offence? They said conspiracy and public disorder. So they said it was the governor that directed them, that made a report to arrest me,” Okorocha said.
“The police whisked me into the pickup and brought me to the police station, I am here now. As I am here, they have not said anything to me,” he said.
Okorocha further said was still shocked over the scenario that played out, noting that many people were injured.
According to him, a top aide to Governor Uzodinma controlled the thugs and was giving them instructions on what to do.
Although the ex-governor did not reveal the identity of the aide, he claimed the governor’s Special Assistant pulled out his shirt, armed with a machete to cut him.
“I am still at a very deep shock and confused as to what is happening here. Particularly of note, what shocked me was that the Special Assistant to the Governor pulled out his shirt, carried the machete himself and was coming to machete me while I was moved out.
“He was calling the boys ‘come, come.’ He was in charge and the police were following him. When they arrested me so to say, the SA to the Governor entered the pickup and came to the police station with their own video.
“They were making jest of me that there is only one governor in the state, there is only one immunity that they are going to deal with me. I can’t believe it,” he added.