Former governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha has alleged that Governor Uzodimma attacked him with “more than 1,000 thugs.”
Okorocha was arrested on Sunday for unsealing a property seized by the state government on Friday.
The property which reportedly belongs to his wife is said to be under investigation by the state government.
The senator said he managed to escape the purported attack on Sunday after his orderlies “rushed me to a room and locked me up.”
Not long after forcefully gaining access into the property, masked police operatives arrived to escort him away.
As the scene unfolded, Okorocha’s supporters clashed with those of Hope Uzodinma, the state governor, whom he has been at loggerheads with for some time.
Okorocha, who spoke through his Spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement on Sunday, alleged that the governor’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwanari, allegedly led thugs, who stormed the estate and destroyed vehicles in his convoy.
The statement read, “More than 1,000 thugs, armed to teeth with knives and guns and led by Chinasa Nwaneri, Governor Hope Uzodinma’s Special Adviser on Special Duties today, Sunday, with the backing of armed policemen from Government House, attacked the former governor of the state and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Rochas Okorocha’s convoy.
“They attacked and damaged all the vehicles in his convoy. They also attacked his personal aides. Senator Okorocha was with only his personal aides when the thugs unleashed the attack.
Okorocha fell out with Uzodinma in the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in the state after he moved against the latter’s emergence as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).