VIDEO: Nwosu Narrates Ordeal In Detention, Claims Intention Was To Kill Him

 

The candidate of the Action Alliance in the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, on Tuesday narrated his ordeal at the hands of security operatives who took him into custody.

In the video above, Nwosu is seen briefing reporters in Owerri, the state capital about 24 hours after he was released by the police.

On Sunday, Channels Television reported that a team of armed policemen stormed St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area, Diocese of Orlu while service was ongoing.

The policemen invaded the church to arrest Mr Nwosu who is also the son-in-law of the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.

Senator Okorocha, in his reaction, decried what he described as the continued arrest and harassment of his family members.

While the state government earlier, on its part, had said nobody should dictate to the police how to effect an arrest, it admitted that the mode of operation of the security operatives could have been avoided.

READ ALSOCAN Apologises To Anglican Church, Condemns Police Invasion

Narrating his ordeal in custody after his release, Nwosu claimed that the initial intention and aim of the perpetrators was to eliminate him completely, if not for the media uproar and intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

He explained that upon his arrival in Abuja shortly after his arrest, it was obvious that the Inspector General of Police was not properly briefed about the operation.

Rather, the former governorship candidate accused the Imo state government of instigating his arrest, in its purported bid to malign his image.

He, therefore, urged the police boss to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Nwosu’s Arrest: The Mystery Of ‘Unknown Gunmen’ In Imo Is Now Unravelling – Okorocha

 

Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday suggested that elements described as ‘unknown gunmen’ in Imo State may soon be revealed after the arrest of Uche Nwosu.

Okorocha, a serving Senator at the National Assembly, made the comment while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to him, Nwosu’s arrest at a church on Sunday gave a glimpse into how the Imo State government carries out criminal acts with policemen attached to Government House.

READ ALSO: CAN Apologises To Anglican Church, Condemns Police Invasion

The Imo State Government has said Mr. Nwosu’s arrest was part of an independent police investigation and that Mr. Okorocha was attempting to politicise the issue.

Mr. Nwosu, who has since been released by the police, was a candidate in the Imo gubernatorial election of 2019.

In a press conference on Tuesday, he said his arrest was politically motivated.

The police are yet to publicly comment on the matter.

What Okorocha Said

“What is happening in Imo state is unfortunate. And not just Imo, but the entire nation and humanity. Imo State is becoming a banana republic, where there is complete lawlessness and where people live in fear. There is no day that somebody is not being killed, harassed.

“It appears as if the happenings in Imo state have some backing from Abuja. That’s what I could figure out. And there seems to be enmity between the people here and the presumed federal government of Nigeria just because of a communication gap.

“Most people have been wondering about the mystery of unknown gunmen. But it appears to me now that unknown gunmen have finally been unraveled with the recent happenings.

“Unknown gunmen now is a set of policemen from Government House who, without the consent of the Commissioner of Police, the Inspector General of Police, or the DIGs, but on their own on the instruction of the government of Imo State, led by Hope Uzodinma, and his CSO, Shaba, who give directives to arrest people at will and lock up people at will and sometimes the whereabouts of these people are unknown. They get policemen from the Government House and go to execute unholy acts. And when they run into problems, they quickly say it is the police.”

Uche Nwosu: CAN Apologises To Anglican Church, Condemns Police Invasion

CAN Chairman in Imo State, Eches Divine-Eches, speaks during a press conference in Owerri on December 27, 2021.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Imo State has apologised to the Anglican Church over the invasion of the church by security operatives.

CAN Chairman in the state, Reverend Eches Divine-Eches, tendered the apology on behalf of the religious body on Monday while addressing reporters in Owerri, the state capital.

“The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Imo State chapter hereby apologises to the Anglican Church over the recent incident of the arrest of Uche Nwosu in one of its parishes,” he said. “We believe that this could have been avoided.”

Policemen had stormed St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday, sparking outcry in parts of the country.

READ ALSO: Okorocha’s Son-In-Law, Uche Nwosu Regains Freedom

The heavily-armed security operatives stormed the church with high-powered security vehicles and shot sporadically into the air before arresting Mr Uche Nwosu, a former governorship candidate in Imo and son-in-law of former Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Condemning the action of the policemen, Divine-Eches asked security agencies to ensure they carry out their duty in a professional manner.

He asked them to shun actions that can give detractors and criminally-minded persons the opportunity to destroy their good works.

The clergyman, however, stated that the association would continue to support every effort by security agencies to arrest any group or person involved in any form of criminality in the state.

“As the umbrella body of the Christians in the state, we support efforts by security agents to bring any person fingered of involvement of any form of criminality in our state to book,” he declared.

“The security agencies must be mindful of the mode of operation to avoid offending the sensitivity of our people and unwillingly giving detractors the opportunity to rubbish their good work.”

Okorocha’s Son-In-Law, Uche Nwosu Regains Freedom

 

The Police have released a former Imo State gubernatorial candidate, Uche Nwosu.

Nwosu, a son-in-law to former Governor Rochas Okorocha, was whisked away by the security agencies at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday.

The heavily-armed security operatives stormed the church with high-powered security vehicles and shot sporadically into the air before arresting Nwosu.

Confirming the release via a statement on Monday, the Special Adviser to Nwosu on Media, Nwadike Chikezie, said his principal did not spend a night in custody.

READ ALSO: Okorocha’s Son-In-Law Uche Nwosu Arrested

“I have spoken with him and he extended his greetings to all of us out there. While we await police report on why the abduction and arrest, we call on everyone to remain calm and focused because God is in charge of the whole situation,” the statement read.

“The act of desecrating the House of God we all know a direct affront and challenge to God Almighty. We leave God to do his fight because vengeance is of God but to all Christians, does it now mean that the Government has no more respect for God, and does it now mean that the House of God is no more a place one can take refuge? God prove your answers.”

The earlier arrest of Nwosu created panic in the community as it was the outing service of his late mother who was laid to rest on Wednesday 22nd December 2021.

While police authorities did not immediately confirm the incident, they released a statement later to clarify that Nwosu was arrested and not abducted as feared in some quarters.

Police Have Every Right To Arrest Uche Nwosu, Imo Govt Tells Okorocha

 

The Imo State government has reacted to the arrest of Mr Uche Nwosu, saying the police have the right to arrest him if suspected of any crime.

Addressing reporters on Sunday in Owerri hours after the incident, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Imo, Declan Emelumba, stated that it was not in anybody’s place to tell the police how to arrest a suspect.

He also faulted the reaction of the immediate past governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha, to the arrest of Nwosu, the latter’s son-in-law.

“What is the haste in this press conference trying to politicise an ordinary thing,” the commissioner said of the briefing convened earlier by the former governor.

“Uche Nwosu is just an indigene of Imo State and a citizen of Nigeria, and if he has run afoul of the law, the police have every right to arrest him, and nobody should dictate to them how they do it.

“It depends on the gravity of the offence, and it depends on the information at their (police) disposal.”

Declan Emelumba                                                                                                                  Uche Nwosu

 

READ ALSO: ‘It Was Like A Kidnap,’ Okorocha Slams Police Over Uche Nwosu’s Arrest

Earlier, there was panic at Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo as security operatives stormed St. Peter’s Anglican Church and left with Nwosu.

The heavily armed operatives stormed the church with high-powered security vehicles, shooting sporadically into the air before arresting Okorocha’s son-in-law.

Emelumba described the claim by Okorocha, in which he accused the state government of instigating Nwosu’s arrest, as untrue and disgusting.

According to him, the former governor is just trying to whip up sentiments and speaking from a state of panic and guilt.

The commissioner asked the former governor to desist from such an act and allow the security operatives who already confirmed the arrest of Nwosu to do their duty.

He stressed that the state government has no hands in the arrest of Okorocha’s son-in-law.

“What is painful is that a former governor of this state, Rochas Okorocha, is busy raining abuses on His Excellency, Governor of Imo State [Hope Uzodinma], and saying all manner of things about him.

“I don’t want to join issues with him,” said Emelumba.

Amid reports that Nwosu might have been abducted by gunmen whose identity was unknown, police authorities in the state said he was in their custody.

“This is to inform the general public that Chief Uche Nwosu was not kidnapped but was arrested by the police and Imo State Police Command is aware of the arrest and presently he is in police custody,” said Michael Abattam who is the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo.

“This is to refute the earlier news that has been making rounds on social media that he was kidnapped by unknown persons/gunmen.”

‘It Was Like A Kidnap,’ Okorocha Slams Police Over Uche Nwosu’s Arrest

 

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has faulted the police over the arrest of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.

Reacting to the incident during a briefing in Owerri, the state capital, he described the arrest of his son-in-law by security operatives as one too many.

Okorocha, who spoke with reporters on Sunday not long after the arrest, believes the action of the security operatives is purely political.

“This is one arrest too many as it relates to me and my family members,” he said. “There was just no justifiable reason for the police to have gone into a church to carry out such shooting exercise.

“Even the security [operatives] attached to my family could not [do anything] because they identified the policemen. Why go to the church, why the shooting, why do you have to drag the innocent boy on the floor, why do you have to beat him up, why do you have to push my wife, why do you have to push my daughter?”

The former governor, who now represents Imo West senatorial district at the National Assembly, condemned the arrest of Nwosu.

He accused the Imo State government of conniving with security operatives to harass his family members without a just course.

READ ALSO: Okorocha’s Son-In-Law Uche Nwosu Arrested

Rochas Okorocha                                                                                                                   Uche Nwosu

 

A Kidnap?

According to Okorocha, resorting to arrest his son-in-law is uncalled for as Nwosu was never invited by the police before he was taken into custody.

“There was no single arrest warrant on Uche Nwosu; nothing at all. It was like a kidnap… if not for the fact that we have confirmed that it was the police, the initial fear was that these were gunmen that have come to kill Uche Nwosu,” he said.

Earlier, there was panic at Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo as security operatives stormed St. Peter’s Anglican Church and left with Nwosu.

The heavily armed operatives stormed the church with high-powered security vehicles, shooting sporadically into the air before arresting Okorocha’s son-in-law.

Amid reports that Nwosu might have been abducted by gunmen whose identity was unknown, police authorities in the state said he was in their custody.

“This is to inform the general public that Chief Uche Nwosu was not kidnapped but was arrested by the police and Imo State Police Command is aware of the arrest and presently he is in police custody,” said Michael Abattam who is the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo.

“This is to refute the earlier news that has been making rounds on social media that he was kidnapped by unknown persons/gunmen.”

Uche Nwosu Asks Supporters To Work With Uzodinma For Greater Imo

Mr Uche Nwosu.

 

The Imo State governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in last year’s election, Uche Nwosu has directed his supporters and party members to work together with Governor Hope Uzodinma.

Nwosu gave this directive on Tuesday during a meeting with members of his party in Owerri, the state capital.

The AA candidate who is also the son-in-law of ex-governor Rochas Okorocha said he and his supporters across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state have accepted the Supreme Court ruling that led to the emergence of Uzodinma as the new governor.

Speaking concerning his membership in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nwosu explained that he is back as a member.

He noted that there is no more division within the party. He said further that he believes with the right support, Uzodinma will deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

READ ALSO: Imo: Our People Have Suffered, Ararume Pledges To Support Uzodinma

His remarks come two days after Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) declared his support for the new administration.

Araraume noted that the people of the state have suffered hence the need for the people to help the current administration in its quest for good governance

Imo Election: Uche Nwosu Withdraws Appeal Against Governor Ihedioha

Imo APC Governorship Candidate, Uche Nwosu

 

The candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has withdrawn his second appeal filed against the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha before the Supreme Court.

According to his counsel, Mr. Solomon Umoh (SAN), the withdrawal on Tuesday is based on the judgment of the apex court delivered on the 20th of December 2019.

The apex court canceled out the candidature of Mr. Nwosu under the flagship of the Action Alliance (AA) over the double nomination.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Stands Down Judgment On Imo Governorship Election

Mr Nwosu had won the nomination to contest under the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the internal wrangling within the ruling party made it impossible for him to be presented as the party’s candidate, which necessitated his defection to AA at the last minute.

The Supreme Court held that by virtue of Nwosu’s double candidature and in line with the clear provisions of the Electoral Act, he was bound to be disqualified from the election and affirmed the judgments of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

I’m Not Fighting To Be Imo Governor By All Means – Uche Nwosu

Mr Uche Nwosu.

 

 

The preferred Imo State governorship candidate of Senator Rochas Okorocha in the 2019 general elections, Mr Uche Nwosu, says becoming the number one citizen of the state is not a ‘do or die’ affair for him.

Although Nwosu who contested the March 9 poll on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA) wished to be a governor, he stressed that he never opted to achieve his aim at all costs.

“Once the Supreme Court has said ‘this is how it is’, you have to accept it. For me, politics is not do or die affair; politics is give and take,” he said while addressing reporters at the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the state capital.

“The Supreme Court; they have given their decision. Whether good or bad, I accept it and what matters is Imo State. I am not fighting to be governor of Imo State by all means,” the governorship candidate added.

Senator Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo State, had backed Nwosu who is his son-in-law to succeed him in the last elections.

But Nwosu could not get the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a situation which caused disagreement within the party while he defected to the AA to pursue his governorship ambition.

Against the backdrop of heated political activities in Imo, Mr Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged as the people’s choice as he was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

After a series of legal battles, Nwosu promised to support any candidate who emerges victorious at the Election Petition Tribunal case pending at the Supreme Court.

He also noted that the apex court as the APC governorship candidate in the election and called on party faithful to work together for the progress of the state.

The politician said, “The Supreme Court has said it all. The Supreme Court judgement said that I am the candidate of APC. What it means is that another person was foisted on APC. I am the candidate of APC.

“I have forgiven everybody no matter who the person is. From the national chairman, those who came and destroy the APC in the state, I have forgiven them. What we need is to move ahead, we are brothers and sisters and there must be peace.”

Imo Gov Poll: Supreme Court Voids Uche Nwosu’s Candidature

Uche Nwosu

 

The Supreme Court has voided the candidature of Mr Uche Nwosu as governorship flagbearer of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2019 general election in Imo State over the double nomination.

The Apex Court, in its judgement delivered by Justice Adamu Augie on Thursday, said Nwosu was not qualified to vie for the election as he doubled as both the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Alliance (AA).

Nwosu had won the nomination to contest under APC, the internal wrangling within the ruling party made it impossible for him to be presented as the party’s candidate, which necessitated his defection to AA at the last minute.

READ ALSO: Excited Ibadan Residents Celebrate Seyi Makinde After Supreme Court Victory

The Supreme Court held that by virtue of Nwosu’s double candidature and in line with the clear provisions of the Electoral Act, he was bound to be disqualified from the election and affirmed the judgments of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

A chieftain of the Action Peoples Party (APP), Uche Nnadi had earlier dragged Nwosu to the Federal High Court where the court held that he was not qualified to stand for the election based on the fact that he already had a valid ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Supreme Court in its judgment dismissed Nwosu’s appeal, saying that he cannot benefit from his iniquity.

The court also dismissed the argument by Nwosu’s lawyer that the suit is stature barred.

Justice Augie said, ”The appellant cannot be allowed to benefit from his own iniquity. The action is not caught up by limitation of time. This case rest on the issue of illegality and this court cannot be used to enforce illegalities. This appeal is hereby dismissed.”

Uche Nwosu Campaign Organisation Asks Security Agencies To Probe Imo REC

AA Governorship Candidate, Uche Nwosu

 

The campaign organisation for the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, has asked the security agencies to probe the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state.

This comes after Nwosu, who is also the son-in-law to the outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha, lost the governorship election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Following the loss at the polls, the AA candidate has alleged that irregularities marred the polls and vowed to challenge the result that saw the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Emeka Ihedioha, emerge as governor-elect.

READ ALSO: Nasarawa Polls: PDP’s Ombugadu Rejects Governorship Results, Heads For Court

The Director-General of Uche Nwosu Campaign Organisation, Chidi Ibe, alleged that state REC and the Returning Officer compromised by rigging the election in favour of the PDP candidate.

Addressing journalists in Owerri, the state capital, Ibe said Ihedioha shouldn’t have been announced the winner of the election since he didn’t garner up to 25 percent votes in about two-thirds of the Local Government Areas across the state.

“After the elections, apart from what happened in the various Local Government Areas (LGAs) where the normal procedural system of conducting the elections were not observed.

“And apart from that, the results were collated where the card readers were abandoned. But INEC aided a particular party PDP to generate fictitious votes that were not recorded.

“Even while our agents were at the state collation center, the Returning Officer in collaboration with the Resident Electoral Commissioner insisted and accepted those results,” he stated.

AA’s Uche Nwosu Vows To Challenge Imo Governorship Election Result In Court

AA Governorship Candidate, Uche Nwosu

 

The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, has vowed to challenge the election result in court.

He rejected the outcome of the election which was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Emeka Ihedioha winner of the governorship election.

He said, It is a robbery of Action Alliance mandate and I believe the judiciary will take its course”.

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Mr. Ihedioha emerged governor-elect of the state after polling 273,404 votes to defeat Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) and Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nwosu, who was backed by Governor Rochas Okorocha, finished second with 190,364 votes; followed by Senator Uzodinma who got 96,458 votes.