Senator Rochas Okorocha has denied claims that he was released from Police detention on Sunday night based on his health condition.
The Imo State government speaking through its Commissioner for information and strategy, Declan Emelumba had claimed Okorocha who was arrested on Sunday was released later in the night based on medical grounds.
However, Okorocha while addressing his supporters at his Spibat mansion in Owerri on Monday said that the presidency intervened in the matter.
In his words, “They kept me there (police headquarters) and about 11:30pm they asked me to go. I want to thank the presidency for intervening in the matter. Governor Hope Uzodinma shouldn’t take my peaceful disposition for granted.
“He should remember that he will not be remembered by how many people he fought by how many projects he built.”
Earlier, the commissioner had told Punch that Okorocha was released on health grounds but would still face justice for the crime he committed.
Emelumba said, “Okorocha was released on Sunday by the police on medical grounds. The man was purging and stooling consistently, the police had to release him on medical grounds to enable him to take care of his health. His release doesn’t mean he will not answer his case.”
Naija News earlier reported that a Magistrate Court in Owerri, Imo State on Monday granted 14 aides of the former governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okrocha, N5 million each totaling N70 million.
This was after a mild drama played out inside the court, as one of the 14 suspects, Darlington Ibekwe, slumped.
Ibekwe and 13 other loyalists of Senator Okorocha were arraigned for breaking into the sealed Royal Spring Palm Hotel and Apartments owned by Okorocha’s wife
The suspects were accused of conspiring among themselves to disobey a lawful order issued by the state by removing the seal of the state government and entering into the sealed property.