Police release ex-Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha



Imo State Police Command on Monday said it had released a former Governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, from detention.

The former governor was arrested on Sunday after he stormed Spring Palm Estate in the state capital, Owerri, owned by his wife, Nkechi, and broke the seal used by the state government to indicate that it had seized the property.

The state government said it was acting on a White Paper on alleged diversion of the state’s assets.

It said the property was built with stolen money belonging to the people of the state.

However, Okorocha stormed the place on Sunday with a large crowd comprising security operatives and associates and reopened the place.

He was subsequently arrested and detained for a few hours at the headquarters of the state command and released a few hours later.

Spokesperson for the state command, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed his release on Channel Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’s programme.

He was released later at night,” the PPRO said, adding, “If anybody is found culpable, definitely, he will be charged to court. If investigation proves that he (Okorocha) has committed an offence, he will be charged to court.”