Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State
By Valentine Amanze
Imo State government has said that the police have right to arrest Mr. Uche Nwosu if suspected of any crime in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Imo, Declan Emelumba, disclosed this to journalists in Owerri, while responding to the allegation of the former governor Rochas Okorocha that the police had no right to arrest Nwosu.
Emelumba said that it was not in anybody’s place to tell the police how to arrest a suspect.
“Uche Nwosu is just an indigene of Imo State and a citizen of Nigeria, and if he has run afoul of the law, the police have every right to arrest him, and nobody should dictate to them how they do it.
“It depends on the gravity of the offence, and it depends on the information at their (police) disposal,” he said.
Emelumba also described the claim by Okorocha, in which he accused the state government of instigating Nwosu’s arrest, as untrue and disgusting.
According to him, the former governor is just trying to whip up sentiments and speaking from a state of panic and guilt.
The commissioner asked the former governor to desist from such an act and allow the security operatives, who already confirmed the arrest of Nwosu to do their duty.
He restated that the state government had no hands in the arrest of Okorocha’s son-in-law.
“What is painful is that a former governor of this state, Rochas Okorocha, is busy raining abuses on His Excellency, Governor of Imo State [Hope Uzodinma], and saying all manner of things about him.
“I don’t want to join issues with him,” said Emelumba.
Recall that on Sunday December 26, 2021, security operatives stormed St. Peter’s Anglican Church at Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State and left with Nwosu.