BEVERLY HILLS, May 16, (THEWILL) – Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has accused the state police command of illegally detaining his two associates.
Okorocha in a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, said that the target was to link him with the spate of killings and insecurity in the state.
The statement disclosed the names of the associates as Ojukwu Ukonu and Casmir Ugbo, adding that they were being held in the anti-kidnapping facility of the state police command.
It also disclosed that Ugbo’s wife was being held by the police without any charge.
The statement read, “About two days ago, two men, Mr. Ojukwu Ukonu and Mr. Casmir Ugbo were arrested by policemen from the Anti-Kidnapping Department, Police Headquarters, Owerri, led by the O/C of that Department.
“The policemen had stormed the house of Ukonu and arrested him after they had searched his house and nothing was found. They had also detained the man since then.
“The Squad also stormed the house of Mr. Casmir Ugbo, searched his house and nothing was found. He was not around when they came. They arrested the wife. The man came back and reported himself. They also arrested the man, detained both the man and the wife. With the children left alone at home.
“As we write, the two men have not been told the offence or the offences they had committed for which they were arrested and detained.
“The two men have been members of Okorocha’s larger political family. And that’s the crux of our concern with regard to the arrest.
“At the inception of the attacks in Imo, by both the unknown and known gunmen, there were concerted efforts to link Senator Rochas Okorocha to such unfortunate attacks, even when the whole world knew that it was not true.