Government on Thursday ordered a citizen’s arrest against Rochas Okorocha over alleged assault on a government official, Mr Jasper Ndubuaku.
Order was given by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Mr Uche Onyeaguocha.
Chairman of the Recovery of Government Properties, Mr Jasper Ndubuaku, was allegedly assaulted at Okorocha’s residence and this resulted to the citizens arrest issued against Rochas Okorocha.
Onyeaguocha said that the state had also placed Okorocha on security watch and is to arrested on site
He urged Imo citizens to arrest him and alert the government whenever they found him in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports a video, trending online on Thursday which captured some thugs beating Ndubuaku at Okorocha’s residence on Spibatt Avenue, Owerri and that the citizen arrest is as a result of this event
Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Ladodo, and SSG confirmed the incident to newsmen at a joint news briefing in Owerri.
They announced that a citizen’s arrest had been declared on Okorocha over the incident.
It was said that Okorocha hired thugs to attack Ndubuaku at his residence and that Rochas Okorocha would be arrested and prosecuted anytime he entered the state.
NAN reports that the incident was happening barely 24 hours after traditional rulers in the state issued a stern warning to Okorocha against disrupting the activities of the recovery team.
The commissioner of police said that police would investigate the senator’s involvement in the matter.
Mr Ndubuaku’ Experience
Narrating his ordeal to NAN, Ndubuaku alleged that he was beaten at Okorocha’s residence and thrown into a gutter by some thugs.
He further alleged that he was first held hostage for some hours by the thugs in the presence of security men attached to Okorocha’s residence.
He said that the recovery team obtained a court order to search Okorocha’s house.
Why Government official Mr Ndubuaku was at Okorocha’s residence
“We got a court order to recover stolen properties kept in Okorocha’s house and when we got to his house on Thursday, armed thugs attacked us.
“There are twenty government vehicles in his house, four Speed Boats, one movable Crain and generator sets, which we went to recover before the incident.
“We will not give up the battle, we will go back to his house because the property belongs to Imo government,” Ndubuaku said”