26th December, 2021
A former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, said the arrest of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu on Sunday was a frame-up by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
Okorocha who briefed journalists at his Spilbat mansion in Owerri, the state capital, said Nwosu was arrested without a warrant, during a church service, at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama Obieri in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state.
He said Uzodimma gave the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, high-level misinformation to get Nwosu arrested.
According to Okorocha, Uzodimma “wants to frame” him “up by all means.”
He said, “Uche Nwosu, my wife and daughter were at the church for an outing service when a group of men in police uniform started shooting while the sermon was ongoing. In the course of their activities, they pushed down my wife and 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 number plate.
“They were identified as policemen from Imo State Government House by their colleagues attached to Uche for the burial (of his mother). I got the CP who said that the IGP approved his arrest.
“The shock of such an arrest without warrant and humiliating members of my family is unfortunate. Most security operatives in Imo 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. Over 100 gunshots to arrest Uche Nwosu. What kind of ruthless behavior on an innocent citizen of Nigeria?
“Uzodinma wants to frame me up by all means. Uzodinma has to answer for most of the activities going on. Uzodinma must mention the names of those who are responsible for insecurity in Imo State or he should be held responsible for all the killings in the state. Uzodinma has framed up something against Uche Nwosu. Buhari should be informed about what is happening in Imo State. Hundreds of citizens are being killed in this state.”
Okorocha added that though the Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Hussaini, had confirmed that Nwosu was being held in police custody, he had yet to establish contact with his son-in-law.