Former governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha has been arrested and detaimed in Owerri today after he broke into Royal Palm Estate owned by his wife Nkechi Okorocha but recently confisticated by the state government.
The state Commissioner for Lands, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, on Friday, said the government had recovered Royal Palm Estate on Akachi Road, Owerri, allegedly belonging to Nkechi.
Onuegbu added that the government had sealed up the place till further notice.
He said the seizure was in compliance with the directive of the Imo State gazette on the report of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry on the recovery of lands and other related matters.
He said, “This is as a result of the recommendation of the commission that all illegal lands and structures acquired by the administrations between 2006 and 2019 should be taken over by the government.”
The commissioner said the current administration was doing everything to recover all the stolen properties of the state, especially those carted away by the previous administration.
Onuegbu added that in line with the 3Rs mantra initiative of Governor Hope Uzodinma, the state must continue to work in line with the relevant laws and recommendations of government agencies and commissions no matter whose ox is gored.
Rochas however in defiance of this order stormed the property with thugs and supporters.
On arrival, he demanded to enter the estate, telling the security personnel guarding the place that there was no court order to back up the sealing of the building,” a source said.
“Hence, he insisted on entering the building, which he eventually did after the locks were broken by his men.
The altercation led to an exchange of gunshots and one of Okorocha’s aides is believed to have been hit in the crossfire.