Imo’s state government, under the leadership of Emeka Ihedioha, ordered on Thursday the arrest of a citizen against Senator Rochas Okorocha, for alleged assault on a government official, Mr. Jasper Ndubuaku.
The secretary of the state government (SSG), Mr. Uche Onyeaguocha, gave the order after the chairman of the government recovered property, Mr. Jasper Ndubuaku, he was allegedly attacked in Okorocha’s residence.
Onyeaguocha said the state also put Okorocha under security surveillance and urged the citizens of Imo to arrest him and alert the government whenever they found him in the state.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that a video, online on Thursday, captured some criminals who beat Ndubuaku in Okorocha’s residence on Spibatt Avenue, Owerri.
State police commissioner Rabiu Ladodo and SSG confirmed the incident to journalists at a joint press conference in Owerri.
They announced that the arrest of a citizen in Okorocha had been declared for the accident.
They said that Okorocha hired criminals to attack Ndubuaku, who is also special adviser to Governor Emeka Ihedioha on security matters.
They said that the Senator representing Imo West would be arrested and tried every time he entered the state.
Talking about his terrible experience with NAN, Ndubuaku said that some criminals beat him in Okorocha’s residence and threw him into a ditch.
He also said that the criminals took him hostage for the first time in the presence of security officers connected to Okorocha’s residence.
He said the recovery team had obtained a court order to search Okorocha’s home.
“We got a court order to recover stolen properties kept in Okorocha’s house and when we got to his house on Thursday, armed thugs attacked us.
“There are twenty government vehicles in his house, four Speed Boats, one movable crane and generator sets, which we went to recover before the incident.
“We will not give up the battle, we will go back to his house because the property belongs to Imo government,” Ndubuaku said.
Reacting to the government’s order, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, the Special Assistant on Media to Okorocha, said the recovery committee was attacked by the former governor’s sympathisers and passersby.
He said that the recovery team went to Okorocha’s house without a court order, adding that they invaded Okorocha’s residence with no fewer than 50 thugs.