The candidate of Action Alliance (AA) in the 2019 governornship election in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has alleged that his arrest on Sunday at St Peter’s Anglican church, Eziama Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state was sanctioned by the state governor, Hope Uzodinma.
Nwosu, a son-in-law to the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, spoke to journalists in Owerri, on Tuesday, claiming that the plan was to assassinate him.
The politician who chronicled how he was arrested in church, taken to Abuja via Enugu airport, alleged that the governor used his Chief Security Officer and other security operatives attached to the Government House to arrest, humiliate and possibly put him away.
He claimed that he was stripped half-naked, handcuffed on the orders of Uzodinma.
Nwosu, who noted that he had no hands in the insecurity in the state, said that the young man who accused him in a viral video of giving him money to escalate insecurity in the state was asked to implicate him.
He advised Uzodinma to eschew bitterness and concentrate more on governance than politics.
Nwosu further explained that those who arrested him, invaded the church, jumped to the altar, disrupted the ongoing sermon, and shot indiscriminately in the church.
He said: “Those who abducted me were masked, they hijacked me in church and manhandled me; they ordered me to lie on the floor in the vehicle and one of them rested one of his legs on my head.
“When they drove off, they started making calls in Hausa, and unknown to them I understand Hausa. They were telling one Shaba, who is the Chief Security Officer that they have gotten me. At Umuaka, they stopped and ordered that I should get down. At that point, I thought they were to assassinate me. They bundled me into another vehicle and they drove off.
“When we got to Owerri, three other vehicles drove straight to the Government House and the one carrying me drove towards Okigwe Road, and I asked them where they were taking me to but they never responded to me. They drove towards Okigwe and stopped. At this point, I thought they wanted to assassinate me. They asked me to remove my cloth, handcuffed me, snapped me, made a video, and sent it to the governor’s CSO.
“We continued until we got to Enugu airport. We waited for about 90 minutes before a chartered flight arrived. We boarded and we landed in Abuja. We moved to force headquarters and we did interviews. They accused me of sponsoring insecurity in Imo State. I want to thank the IGP who intervened and ordered my release.”