Former Chief of Staff to Imo State Government and son -in-law to former Governor Rochas Okorocha, Mr Uche Nwosu said yesterday that he was accused of supplying arms to militants.This allegation was contained a petition made to the police by yet-to-identified individual.
Nwosu made this known in Owerri, while narrating the experience of his arrest by security operatives at St Peter’s Anglican Church Eziama-Obiere, in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State during the outing service of his late mother, Jemimah Nwosu, last Sunday.
He explained that he was taken to the Police Tactical Squad office in Abuja, where he was told by the police that “Someone wrote a petition against me (Nwosu), that I was supplying arms to militants and giving them money.”
He added that there was no time that the police officially invited him to come and answer questions from the petition against him.
He therefore demanded from the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba to investigate the owner of the private jet which was used to fly him from Enugu to Abuja.
Nwosu spoke as the former governor of the state and his father-in-law Rochas Okorocha expressed shock over Nwosu’s experience in the hands of his abductors.
This is even as the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, described as a sacrilege, the alleged abduction from a Church service, condemning the act in its entirety.
IPOB said the abduction has exposed the masterminds of insecurity in Imo State, adding that it is a vindication that IPOB and Eastern Security Network, ESN, are not responsible for the numerous attacks, abductions/kidnappings in the state contrary to alleged false accusations and propaganda by the state government against the pro Biafra group.
Narrating his ordeal, Nwosu said: “The petition the Police said was from somebody stated that their reason for arresting me was that I was supplying arms to militants and giving them money. The whole plan was cooked up in Imo State Govt House. The security men attached to the Government House, one Shaba was behind this plot.
“The plot was to humiliate me and malign my image. No security man from Abuja or the state command came for that operation. Those security officers were all security men attached to the government of Imo State.
A normal policeman cannot behave the way they did. They came and shot inside the church which no professional police officer would do. They shot anyhow. They are a killer squad from the Government House.
“Nobody invited me or called me on phone. I would have answered but I did not receive any invitation from the police. So, just like that, they came, arrested me and handled me like a criminal and treated me like I have committed an offence.
“I want the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to investigate the person who ordered for my arrest and the owner of the private jet and who paid for the private jet that took me from Enugu to Abuja. They took me to the tactical squad office and the IG sent somebody to come and interview me and I gave my statement. From what I gathered, the IG was not properly briefed on what was going on.”
However, the Imo State Government through the Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, has maintained that the government has no hand in the events that led to the arrest of Nwosu and that it was purely the activities of the security operatives, adding that they should wait for the outcome of the investigation of the police.