Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has been arrested and taken to police headquarters in Owerri after he forcefully gained entrance into the contentious Royal Spring Palm Hotel allegedly recovered and sealed by Hope Uzodinma-led State Government.
Rochas arrived at the hotel also known as Akachi Estate and unsealed the place insisting that there was no court order telling the state government to take over the property.
Some aides of Governor Uzodinma arrived at the place and an open confrontation started. This led to the sporadic shooting. Vehicles were vandalized while one of Rochas ’s men got shot.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri. He said that the police moved to Akachi road when they received a distress call that the Royal Palm spring Estate sealed by the government had been violently opened by men led by Rochas.
Orlando briefly said: “The command received a distress call regarding what we termed to be unrest at Royal Spring palm estate, and the operatives moved to the place we discovered Rochas led some persons to the place hitherto sealed by the Imo government.
“The command calmed the situation and invited Rochas, to come and explain why he led the violent breaking into the estate that led to damages.”
Investigation also revealed that those arrested alongside Rochas included some of his former political appointees, Steve Asunobi, lasbery Anyanwu and Ijeoma Igboanusi.