The former governor of Imo State and senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha, says he will wait for the next 24 hours for the police to make public the offences of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who was arrested on Sunday.
The arrest occurred during the late Jemamah Nwosu’s Outing Service, which was also attended by Nwosu’s mother.
The former governor said 24 hours was enough legally for the police to declare Nwosu’s offence. He added that failure to do that, he (Okorocha) would take legal action to demand his release, Vanguard reports.
He was quoted as saying, “I am going to wait for 24 hours to know what Nwosu has done. We want to know his offences. 24 hours is enough for the police to do that which is legal. They should let the world know about his offences and failure to do that, I will take legal action to demand his release.”
Nwosu, a former governorship candidate of Action Alliance (AA) was arrested on Sunday.
The police have yet to officially state his offences or if he has been released.
The arrest of Nwosu has revived the clash between the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma and Okorocha.
For instance, Okorocha said, “Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, my wife and daughter were at the church outing services, when a group of men armed and in police uniform rushed into the church and started shooting; in the course of their activities, they pushed down my wife and tore my daughter clothes.
“There was no invitation or warrant of arrest from the security and the way it happened it gave us the feeling of kidnap. In the process, many were injured. We watched Nwosu dragged into the bus carrying Imo government number. My people identified them as the security agents from the Government House.
“I got the state Commissioner of Police who said Nwosu was arrested on the order of the IGP. What got us surprised was how Nwosu was dragged to the bus; one still wonders what story the Imo State government has framed up against Nwosu, and the IGP, I know could not have done that except for a high level of misinformation.
“Uzodinma has shown tremendous hate for me and my family, why should any sane person arrest one in church outing service of his late mother.
“You recall last week Uzodinma said he was going to announce the names of those involved in insecurity in the state. Hope Uzodinma is the hating governor of Imo State that has deceived Abuja, IGP to go and arrest Nwosu. We wait for Uzodinma, on the 3rd of January to point out those who are involved in the insecurity.”
Also reacting, the state government, through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said: “Okorocha is in panic and trying to weep up sentiment. A man who looted the state dry. He should wait for due process to take place since he now knows it’s the security agencies that arrested Nwosu.
“Okorocha is indicting himself and his beginning to talk incoherently and it will not save him. There is no need to play politics with the arrest.
“The best advice I want to give him is that he should stop panicking and there is no need for the government to be involved in the arrest of Nwosu. The next thing Okorocha should do is to wait for the outcome of the police arrest.”