The immediate past governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has said the police operatives who arrested his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, during a service at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama Obieri in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state, pushed his wife, Nkechi, to the ground and tore the clothes of his first daughter, Uloma.
Okorocha, who spoke to journalists at his Spilbat mansion in Owerri, the state capital, on Sunday, said the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, deceived the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, into desecrating the church of worship to arrest Nwosu.
There was panic after Nwosu was whisked away from a church service at his home town, Eziama Obieri.
Nwosu and his family were at St Peter’s Anglican Church for a thanksgiving service when the gunmen who arrived in an Armoured Personnel Carrier and Toyota Hilux vans stormed the town.
They shot indiscriminately before taking their target away, as his security aides watched helplessly.
But Okorocha, who represents Imo West in the Senate, alleged that Uzodinma wanted to frame Nwosu for a crime.
He said that he was waiting on the governor to name the sponsors of the insecurity in the state on January 3 or take responsibility for the killings.
Okorocha urged the police to free his son-in-law or take him to court within the next 24 hours as enshrined in the constitution.
The ex-governor said although 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 since he was arrested.
He said: “Uche Nwosu, my wife and daughter were at the church for a service when a group of men in police uniform while the sermon was ongoing, started shooting. In the course of their activities, they pushed 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 the Imo State Government 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 an arrest without a warrant and humiliating members of my family is unfortunate. Most security operatives in Imo know nothing about the arrest. The IGP could only do this on high-level misinformation from Hope Uzodinma. Over 100 gunshots to arrest Uche Nwosu!”
Okorocha stated that Uzodinma had shown tremendous hatred for his family, adding that lawmakers who attended the burial of Nwosu’s mother few days ago were suspended.
But the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said the governor had no hand in what happened, describing the allegation as ridiculous.