The immediate past governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has been arrested by the police after he led a team of his supporters to reopen the Royal Palm Estate sealed by the state Government.
Okorocha who was accompanied by his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, broke the keys used to seal the hotel which belongs to his wife, Nkechi.
The state government had last Friday, February 19, recovered the Royal Palm Estate along Akachi road.
The seizure, according to the team led by Commissioner for Lands, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, was in compliance with the directive of the Imo State gazette on the report of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry on the recovery of Lands and other related matters.
Okorocha is currently being detained at the state police headquarters. Police sources say he will be charged to court tomorrow February 22.
Watch a video of the Okorocha being arrested below:
Many persons have been injured and several cars have been destroyed following a clash between supporters of former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, and supporters of the incumbent governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma, at the Royal Spring Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments in Akachi, Owerri on Sunday February 21.
Last Friday, the state Commissioner for Lands, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, led some members of the state task force to confiscate the property said to belong to Nkechi, Okorocha’s wife’s.
This evening, the former governor led some of his staunch supporters to forcefully repossess the hotel. This was resisted by the supporters of the incumbent governor. A fight broke out leading to some of them sustaining varying degrees of injury. Vehicles were also destroyed during the clash.
Okorocha has since been arrested for breach of public peace.
By Francisca C.