Senator Rochas Okorocha has alleged that policemen who stormed St Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama Obieri in Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state on Sunday in a bid to arrest his son-in-law Uche Nwosu embarrassed his wife and daughter.
Speaking with journalists at his Spilbat mansion in Owerri, the state capital, the ex-governor blamed Governor Hope Uzodimma for the incident.
He said, “Uche Nwosu, my wife and daughter were at the church for an outing service, when a group of men in police uniform started shooting while the sermon was ongoing. In the course of their activities, they pushed down my wife and tore my daughter’s clothes. No warrant of arrest. No invitation. We suspected kidnapping at first. Many people were injured while running. Uche Nwosu was dragged into a bus carrying Imo State Government number plate.
“They were identified as policemen from Imo State Government House by their colleagues attached to Uche for the burial (of his mother). I got the CP who said that the IGP approved his arrest.
“The shock of such an arrest without warrant and humiliating members of my family is unfortunate. Most security operatives in Imo know nothing about the arrest. I don’t know what they framed up. The IGP could only do this on high-level misinformation from Hope Uzodinma. Over 100 gunshots to arrest Uche Nwosu. What kind of ruthless behaviour on an innocent citizen of Nigeria?”
The Imo West senator said he was waiting on the governor to name the sponsors of the January 3 violence or take responsibility for the killings in the state.
Okorocha urged the police to free his son-in-law or take him to court within the next 24 hours as enshrined in the constitution.