The Imo State Police Command has arrested the General Manager of Owerri Capital Development Authority, OCDA, Mr. Iheanyi Abaekwume for his alleged involvement in criminal activities.
In a statement signed by the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Joy Elemoko, she said the government official was arrested at his residence in Aladinma area of Owerri in the early hours of Thursday.
She added that during the police search at his residence, some prohibited items were recovered in his house. She also claimed that the police acted on the various petitions that were submitted to the command, demanding that the police investigate the OCDA boss for some crime related activities in the state.
Mrs Joy Elemoko maintained that in the meantime, the OCDA boss is still remanded in police custody until proper investigations are conducted and concluded.
The police command however reiterated its commitment to arrest anybody either highly placed or ordinary person involved in any act of crime in the state.
Reacting to the arrest, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo said the arrest of the OCDA boss is condemnable and unacceptable.
He explained that the police have the right to arrest somebody when they think he has breached the law but it must be done with civility. He said the OCDA boss is an agent of the State Government and the police was expected to put that into consideration stressing that the Imo State Police Command has been enjoying good relationship with the State Government and it is the wish of the government that such understanding should remain.
Owerri Capital Development Agency, OCDA, is a state agency saddled with the responsibility of redesigning and maintaining the master plan of Owerri, the Imo State capital city.
Despite the huge presence of diverse security operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, heavily armed robbers on Wednesday night invaded the international Wing of the airport, killed two police officers and made away with a huge sum of foreign currencies from some bureau-de-change.
The dare devil robbers, who reportedly arrived the airport some few minutes to 9pm, headed for the BDC operators centre near the car park of the airport for the daring attack.
Eyewitness accounts claim the armed robbers numbering over 10 started shooting sporadically into the air as soon as soon as they arrived at the international airport.
The robbers were said to have been engaged in an exchange of gunfire with police officers policemen in the airport for about 30 minutes. This led to the death of two of the police officers.
One of the robbers was also killed in the gun duel.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Yakubu Dati, confirmed the robbery.
He however said he could only confirm the death of one of the robbers, noting that the level of casualties was being ascertained.
“The situation has since been brought under control by the swift intervention of joint security force. They were apparently attempting to rob a bureau de change operator near the airport. Normal operations and flight have not been affected by the incident” he added.
The robbery has again revealed the porous security network of the nation’s major international airport as a similar robbery occurred in the airport recently.
Last year, robbers came to the airport and made away with millions of dollars from the same Bureau de Change.