Okorocha and Nwosu
Okorocha says Uzodimma deceived Abuja for the arrest of Uche Nwosu
By Valentine Amanze
The police arrest of the 2019 governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Chief Uche Nwosu, on Sunday, has again brought to limelight the bitter relationship between the immediate past governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, and the incumbent governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma.
Nwosu, who is also Okorocha’s son-in-law, was arrested at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state by policemen in connection with “a case that is under investigation.”
Reacting to the arrest, Okorocha, who said that his wife, Nnenna, and daughter, Uloma Nwosu, were in the church when the operation took place, alleged that Governor Uzodimma was behind the arrest.
“Hope Uzodimma deceived Abuja for the arrest of Uche Nwosu. Hope Uzodinma is 1,000 per cent responsible for the arrest. It is either Uzodinma is the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) or the governor of Imo State,” he said at his Owerri residence.
The former governor, who claimed that his son-in-law was “dragged into a bus carrying Imo State Government number,” said that he did not know his whereabouts.
He also accused the operatives of humiliating his wife by pushing her down and his daughter by tearing her clothes.
The former governor, who described the incident as “the worst humiliation in my life,” said President Muhammadu Buhari “should be informed about what is happening in Imo State.
“My wife was pushed down and my daughter’s clothes were torn into pieces by the policemen who came into the church to arrest Uche Nwosu with no warrant of arrest.
“I want to know the offence my son-in-law has committed that they rough handled him because I’m yet to be informed. I have called the Inspector General of Police. His number was switched off. I have called the Commissioner of Police (Hussaini Rabiu). He said the order came from above.
“Uche Nwosu, my wife and daughter were at the church for an outing service, when a group of men in police uniform, while the sermon was ongoing, started shooting. In the course of their activities, they pushed down my wife and they 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 plate number.
“They were identified as policemen from Imo State Government House by their colleagues attached to Uche for the burial. I got the CP who said that IGP approved his arrest.
“The shock of such arrest without warrant and humiliating members of my family are unfortunate. Most security operatives in Imo State 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.”