Barrister Okechukwu Okorocha, a senior special assistant to Imo State Govenor Rochas Okorocha was on Friday, March 27, 2015 arrested by operatives of the Imo State Police Command for illegal possession of firearms.
Making the development known to newsmen, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Enwerem said that Okorocha was arrested after the police was tipped off that several top officials of the Imo State government had perfected plans to disrupt the elections in the state.
According to Enwerem, a cordon-and-search operation was carried out in Okorocha’s residence, leading to the recovery of three pump action automatic rifles with 24 live cartridges and a Kenwood walkie-talkie.
Enwerem further availed that Okrocha’s actions negated the police order to all Imo citizens, especially the State Vigilante Service to surrender all arms and weapons in their possession before election commences.
He said: “We have been announcing that the vigilante will not be part of the security beef up at the polling centres during the elections. As a result, we have been warning them to return the prohibited firearms in their possession to Divisional Police Officers nearest to them.”