Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, was arrested for breaking into the Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments, the state police command has said.
SaharaReporters had reported how the government seized the estate allegedly belonging to Nkechi, wife of the previous governor.
Enyinnaya Onuegbu, the commissioner for lands, had on Friday led a team of state officials and cops to seal the property situated along Akachi Road in Owerri, the capital.
In response, Okorocha Sunday stormed the power, demanding to be allowed in but the safety personnel on the bottom refused to open the gate.
The lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District was said to possess ordered his men to form the way for him to enter the place and that they forced the gates open.
On the orders of Okorocha, the gates were flung open, and therefore the men with him also allegedly destroyed vehicles and injured the safety guards at the place.
Not long after forcibly gaining access into the property, masked police operatives led by two aides of Governor Hope Uzodinma identified as Chinasa Nwaneri and Eric Uwakwe arrived to require him away.
Also arrested were Ijeoma Igboanusi, deputy chief of staff when Okorocha was governor, and Lasbrey Okafor-Anyanwu, who was a commissioner in Okorocha’s government.
Two persons were said to possess been killed while many others sustained injuries during the incident.
Speaking to journalists, the state Police PR Officer (PPRO), Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed Okorocha’s arrest.
Ikeokwu said the police moved to Akachi Road once they received a distress signal that the estate sealed by the government had been forcibly opened by some men led by the senator.
Orlando said, “The command received a distress signal regarding what we termed to be unrest at Royal Spring Palm Estate, and therefore the operatives moved to the place. We discovered Okorocha led some persons to the place hitherto sealed by the IMO government.
“The command calmed things and invited Okorocha to return and explain why he led the violent breaking into the estate that led to damages.”