The government of Emeka Ihedioha in Imo, on Thursday, August 29, ordered a 'citizen’s arrest' against Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past governor of the state over alleged assault on an official, Jasper Ndubuaku.
The order was issued by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Uche Onyeaguocha, following an alleged assault on the chairman of the recovery of properties, Jasper Ndubuaku.
It was learnt that Ndubuaku was allegedly assaulted at Okorocha’s residence.
According to Onyeaguocha, the state had also placed Senator Okorocha on security watch.
He appealed to Imo citizens to arrest him and alert the government whenever they found him in the state.
A video, which trended online, had captured some thugs beating Ndubuaku at Okorocha’s residence on Spibatt Avenue, Owerri.
The incident was confirmed by the commissioner of police in the state, Rabiu Ladodo, and the SSG and they were said to have announced that a citizen’s arrest had been declared on Okorocha over the incident.
They alleged that Okorocha hired thugs to attack Ndubuaku, a special adviser to Governor Emeka Ihedioha on security matters and that he would be prosecuted once arrested.
The Commissioner of Police also said that police would investigate the senator’s involvement in the matter.
Ndubuaku had alleged that he was beaten at Okorocha’s residence and thrown into a gutter by some thugs.
“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 Crain 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.
Sam Onwuemeodo, special assistant on media to Okorocha, explained that the recovery committee was attacked by the former Governor’s sympathisers and passer-bys.
He added that the recovery team went to Okorocha’s house without a court order and that they invaded Okorocha’s residence with no fewer than 50 thugs.