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Nwosu’s arrest criminal, unlawful, says Imo APC faction

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
30 December 2021   |   3:10 am
A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State has condemned last weekend’s arrest of son in-law to former Governor Rochas Okorocha by the police.

Uche Nwosu

A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State has condemned last weekend’s arrest of son in-law to former Governor Rochas Okorocha by the police. 

Nwosu, former Chief of Staff during Okorocha’s administration was whisked away during the thanksgiving service for his late mother at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre Council of the state. 

In a statement issued by its Acting Publicity Secretary, Michael Anyanwu, the party described the arrest as undemocratic and its manner, heinous and violent, insisting that it was more of abduction than arrest. 

While commending the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, for his timely intervention and professionalism over the matter, it urged the police to investigate the incident thoroughly and prosecute the perpetrators in the interest of justice and peace. 

“We received with shock and serious concern the news of the arrest of a chieftain of our party, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu by masked armed men in uniform, who invaded St Peter’s Anglican Church Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Council on Sunday, December 26, 2021.

“In as much as we believe in the rule of law and understand that no one is above the law or being arrested, the violent manner in which the purported arrest was conducted appeared more like an abduction with the intention to harm Nwosu and fuel more tension in Imo State, already bedeviled by security challenges and killings.

“As a political party deeply rooted in democratic tenets and adherence to the rule of law, we strongly condemn the undemocratic, unconventional and uncivil style of arrest irrespective of the victim’s personality or social status,” the statement reads.

It also said as a political party known for respecting and upholding the rights to religious worship, it frowned on the unlawful invasion and desecration of the Anglican Church or any other place of worship, as such action could trigger religious unrest and degenerate into anarchy.

“For the much we have been in power in Imo State, our party is not known for violence or state coercion to harass, intimidate and oppress innocent citizens and violate their fundamental human rights.

“We are perplexed at the recent development and we are not comfortable with how things are degenerating in our dear state under Governor Hope Uzodimma’s administration.

“The Nigeria Police Force should not allow certain overzealous personnel, government actors or individuals to drag its reputation to the mud. We commend the IGP for his display of professionalism and implore him to do more by thoroughly investigating Nwosu’s arrest,” the statement added.