Former governor arrested for unsealing property seized by his successor, photos spark reactions
- There is a brewing political crisis in Imo state as the crisis between Okorocha and Governor Uzodimma took another dimension on Sunday, February 21
- The Imo state government had sealed a property belonging to Okorocha's wife on the ground that it was built against the lawful master plan of the state
- Okorocha, however, broke into the property on Sunday and was reportedly arrested following a violent confrontation
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Report emerging from The Nation indicates that Senator Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo state, has been arrested.
According to the newspaper, Okorocha was arrested for daring Governor Hope Uzodimma, his successor, to reopen the Royal Palm Estate which was sealed by the state government.
It was gathered that Senator Okorocha, accompanied by his son-in-law and political protege, Uche Nwosu, broke the keys to recover the estate which allegedly belongs to his wife, Nkechi.
The Imo west senator's daring action, Legit.ng gathers, infuriated the loyalists of the Uzodimma-led Imo state government who confronted him in a clash that has reportedly left one person injured.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Imo government sealed off the estate which is located in the state capital, Owerri, alleging that it was built on one of the state' green verges against the lawful master plan.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the state government noted that the directive was given by Governor Uzodimma and executed by the state commissioner for lands survey and physical planning, Barrister Enyinna Onuegbu.
The seizure, according to the commissioner, was in compliance with the directive of the Imo state gazette on the report of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry on the recovery of Lands and other related matters.
Ndubuisi Kelvin said on Facebook:
"When two elephant fights,its only d grass that suffers it.....let there be peace in our land..."
Joel Ganviwani Arayu commented:
"Which court of law odered the sealing of the property"
Davids Mactony said:
"Iberiberisim at work. If okorocha is learned at all, he will know that the best place to settle this is the court of law."
Lydia Collins said:
"I beg this na APC family issues, wetin concern us"
Martins Smart said:
"They are the same people. They shouldn't disturb our peace."
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_