The President, Security, Intelligence and Values Committee of the Chamber of the State Assembly of Imo, Barr. Frank Ugboma warned Senator Rochas Okorocha, the former immediate governor of the state, about declarations of anarchy in Imo.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The former governor had said Friday that his arrest warrant from the Imo government was an open invitation to anarchy and fighting in the state.
Okorocha, on behalf of Imo West in the Senate, reacted on Thursday to a call from the Secretary of the State Government (SSG), Mr. Uche Onyeaguocha, for the arrest of Okorocha for an alleged assault on a government official at the residence of Okorocha.
Latest Nigeria newspaper reports that an online trend video captured thugs that spank Mr. Jasper Ndubuaku, Chairman of the IMO Committee for the Recovery of Government Property at the Okorocha residence in Owerri.
Enraged by the development, the SSG told reporters that Okorocha was now on the Imo government’s security watch list. But Okorocha, in a statement, said that such an order would only cause disaffection in Imo because the people of the state would always go out to protect him every time he was under siege.
“The arrest warrant only increased his disrespect for me as a former governor, and this is a terrible precedent that governor Emeka Ihedioha’s government is creating,” Okorocha had said.
However, Ugboma told Latest Nigeria newspaper in Lagos on Sunday that it was wrong for Okorocha to question the authority constituted in the state.
The legislator representing Oguta, Imo constituency, said that the beating of the president of the government’s property recovery committee was wrong since he was on an official mission for the state.
“In 2011, when Okorocha assumed the position of Chief Ikedi Ohakim as governor of Imo, he made Dr. Placid Ekwueme, his chairman of the recovery committee and nobody attacked him, even when he attacked and took things from people.
“Ekwueme went to their homes to recover alleged stolen goods, and nobody stopped him. Why is Okorocha bitter and angry now?
“Okorocha’s reaction is an insult to an acting governor, and his statement is an insult to all of us. “It is also a lousy service in his office as a legislator from the Federal Republic of Nigeria and former governor of the state.
“The office of a governor in a state is exalted, and Okorocha also occupied it. His declaration of anarchy is barbaric because we are not in a military era,” he said.
According to Ugboma, Okorocha is free to seek reparation if he feels aggrieved, instead of making statements that can lead to anarchy in the state.
“There are so many security challenges on earth, and leaders must be careful to avoid statements or actions that may further aggravate the situation.
“Any action or statement that may incite people should be taken and treated seriously as a kind of treason considering the state of security in Nigeria,” he added.