The Chairman, committee for security, intelligence and values of the Chamber of the State Assembly of Imo, Barr. Frank Ugboma warned Senator Rochas Okorocha, former immediate governor of the state, of Imo’s declarations of anarchy.
The former governor said on Friday that his arrest warrant by the Imo government was an open invitation to anarchy and fighting in the state.
Okorocha, on behalf of Imo West in the Senate, reacted on Thursday to a call from the state government secretary (SSG), Uche Onyeaguocha, for Okorocha’s arrest for an alleged assault on a government official in Okorocha’s residence.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that a trendy online video has captured the criminals who spanked Mr. Jasper Ndubuaku, chairman of the Imo Committee for the recovery of government property in Okorocha’s residence in Owerri.
Enraged by the development, the SSG told reporters that Okorocha was now on the Imo government’s security surveillance list.
But Okorocha, in a statement, stated that such an order would cause disaffection only to Imo because the people of the state would always come out to protect him whenever he was under siege.
“The arrest warrant has only increased his lack of respect for me as a former governor and this is a bad precedent that Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s government is creating,” Okorocha said.
However, Ugboma told NAN in Lagos on Sunday that it was wrong for Okorocha to question established authority in the state.
The lawmaker representing Oguta, Imo’s constituency, said the beating of the chairman of the property recovery committee was wrong, as he was on an official mission to the state.
“In 2011 when Okorocha took over from Chief Ikedi Ohakim as Imo governor, he made Dr Placid Ekwueme, his recovery committee chairman and no one attacked him even when he attacked and took away things from people.
“Ekwueme went to homes to recover alleged stolen property and nobody stopped him. Why is Okorocha bitter and angry now.
“Okorocha’s reaction is an afront on a sitting governor and his statement an insult on all of us.
“It is also a disservice in his office as a lawmaker of the Federal Republic of Nigerian and a past governor of the state.
“The office of a governor in a state is an exalted one which Okorocha also occupied. His anarchy statement is barbaric because we are not in a military era,” he said.
According to Ugboma, Okorocha is free to seek redress if he feels aggrieved rather that make utterances that may lead to anarchy in the state.
“There is so much challenges of security in the land and leaders must be careful to avoid statements or actions that may further compound the situation.
“Any action or statement that may incite the people must be taken and treated seriously as treason of sorts considering the state of security in Nigeria,” he added.