- Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law to ex-Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha, was handcuffed after he was arrested on Sunday
- Nwosu was arrested at St Peter’s Anglican church in Imo state during an outing service after the burial of his mother, Jemimah Nwosu
- This development has generated heated reactions in the polity and the politician has come out to clear the air regarding the move by the Force a few hours after his release
Less than 24 hours after he was arrested in church, former Imo gubernatorial candidate, Uche Nwosu, has been released.
The Punch reports that Nwosu in a statement issued on Monday, December 27, by his media aide, Chikezie Nwadike, disclosed that he didn’t spend the night in the facilities of the police.
The statement addressed also the rumours in some quarters that Nwosu was arrested in a church because he had refused to honour many police invitations extended to him.
The statement further challenged the police or anybody who held the opinion to produce documented proof wherein Nwosu was invited by the police.
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Nwosu said that he was fine and thanked Nigerians who stood up for him when his safety was not known.
The statement reads in part:
“This is to inform the general public, friends and well-wishers, supporters and sympathizers that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, who was abducted by security agencies while observing church service at St Peter’s Anglican Church Umunwokwe Village Eziama-Obaire Nkwerre LGA, has regained his freedom and released unconditionally. He never spent a night in their custody as every effort was put in place to get him out."
Okorocha condemns arrest
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that there was confusion as policemen stormed the St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziam Obire, in Nkwerre LGA of Imo state shooting in the air as they whisked Nwosu away.
His father-in-law had even reacted to the arrest, accusing the police of arresting Nwosu without a warrant.
Okorocha said the Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, deceived the inspector general of police, Usman Baba, to arrest Nwosu.
Condemning the way his son-in-law was picked up, he said his wife Nkechi was pushed down while his first daughter's clothes were torn to pieces.
Uzodimma expresses shock at killing of soldier, destruction in Imo community
In another development, the Imo government condemned the killing of a soldier and the burning of houses in Awommamma in Oru East local government area of the state.
Declan Emelumba, the commissioner for information and strategy, in a statement made available to Legit.ng on Tuesday, November 23, described the ugly event as regrettable and avoidable.
The southeast state government expressed shock and dismay over the events, adding that the soldier who was on a legitimate duty did not deserve to die such a gruesome death.