A former Imo State Governor and Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday accused the state government of auctioning off his private vehicles, those belonging to his aides and the Rochas Foundation Colleges.
Okorocha, in a statement released in Owerri, the state capital, on its behalf by its spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, accused the administration headed by Governor Hope Uzodiinma of engaging in tyranny.
The statement revealed that the vehicles in question were seized on February 21, 2021 from the Royal Spring Palm Estate in Owerri, when Okorocha, his aides and government officials clashed on the estate, leading to the arrest of the former governor.
The statement said they had evidence that the state government had started auctioning the vehicles, including bank payments.
Part of the statement read: “Okorocha was taken to police headquarters to meet with the CP, according to the police officers in the operation.
“Others arrested were held for weeks before fourteen of them were brought to trial in Magistrates Court 4 and charges were brought against them. They were released on bail after three court hearings and the case is ongoing.
“It was expected that the police conducting the operation would have taken into custody all vehicles recovered from the scene of the attack or incident, including buses belonging to ROCHAS FOUNDATION COLLEGE, and took them to the police headquarters and not to Government House.
“Or, the cars would have been taken to court, where some of the owners of the cars recovered from the hotel were tried, particularly when the vehicles may be presented as exhibits during the trial.
“Unfortunately, the vehicles were taken to government headquarters and not to police headquarters or the court where some of the owners of the vehicles were tried.
“The government has decided to auction the private cars of the former Governor of the State, those of his security personnel, those of his aides, his political associates, those of Rochas Foundation College, etc., who were with him the day the attack at the Royal Palm Hotel took place. By doing this, they had thrown caution to the wind. And you ask, on what basis were the vehicles sold at auction?
“In all the cases involving Okorocha and the OMT state government, including the one decided by Judge Njemanze (rtd), who is now before the Court of Appeal, the government never mentioned the cars personal data of Okorocha and those of his assistants, associates, security details, Rochas Foundation College, et al, for any reason Why auction his vehicles and those of others?
“Apart from these vehicles, some of them contain valuable materials and documents, including international passports, and it was expected that the police took all these items or documents and documents into their custody.
“And if the government could auction off the private vehicles of the former governor and his aides and associates, that means they must also have shared among themselves the important materials and documents that we are talking about.
“They must also have disposed of other assets with cases, either in the High Court or in the Court of Appeal.”
When contacted, State Information and Strategy Commissioner Declan Emelumba said Okorocha’s spokesperson was misleading the public.