- Steve Asimobi has been arraigned by the police in Owerri, Imo state
- Asimobi who is an aide to Rochas Okorocha was accused of forceful invasion’ of the Royal Spring Palm Hotel
- The hotel had been sealed by the state government before the forceful entry
In what will surprise many political watchers in Imo, the state's police command has arraigned 14 persons including a senior legislative aide to Senator Rochas Okorocha, Steve Asimobi.
The government accused them of invading a building after the government had sealed it. Specifically, the government said Royal Spring Palm Hotel which was sealed was forcefully invaded by those arraigned.
Orlando Ikeokwu, the spokesman of the state command, confirmed this to newsmen, Channels TV reports.
Going further, he disclosed that Okorocha who was in police custody for questioning has been released.
He added that the suspects were facing a 6-count charge bothering on conspiracy, disobedience to lawful order, willingly and unlawful destruction of the official seal of the Imo state government, conduct capable of causing a breach of peace.
The spokesman also said the suspects were caught with firearms.
According to him, they were also involved in a defamatory action on social media against the Governor of Imo state.
Ikeokwu added that this was done to injure the reputation of the state government and the person of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
Also, Legit.ng had reported that Okorocha, a former governor of Imo state, was arrested.
Legit.ng had also reported that with the swift intervention of the Southeast governors’ forum chaired by Governor David Umahi, Okorocha was not allowed to spend a night in police custody after his arrest on Sunday, February 21.
The former Imo governor was released on the night of Sunday, according to reports from Umahi's spokesperson, Francis Nwaze.
Moreover, the Ebonyi state governor disclosed that the forum is making moves to bring about a reconciliation between Okorocha and his successor, Hope Uzodinma
Moreover, some believe that his arrest on the order of Governor Uzodinma was a prove that power is transient.
Persons who share the same opinion said some years ago Okorocha called the shots but now he is being questioned by a mere special assistant to the incumbent governor.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.