Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been released from police detention following the intervention of the South-East Governors’ Forum into the feud between Okorocha and his successor, Hope Uzodinma.
The police spokesperson in the state, Ikeokwu Orlando, and Okorocha’s personal aide, Ebere Nzewuji, confirmed to newsmen that the senator was released on Sunday night and asked to respond to a complaint filed against him by the Imo State Government.
This followed the intervention of the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Engr. David Umahi of Ebonyi State
Umahi, in a statement signed by his media aide, Francis Nwaze, on Monday, said that the forum was “already handling the issue” between Senator Okorocha and Governor Uzodinma.
The Ebonyi state governor said contacts have already been made to resolve the feud and assured that both parties have agreed to a truce.
“South-east leaders are capable of settling their disputes internally instead of washing their linen in public.
“We sue for calm among the supporters of both leaders to ensure a timely and amicable resolution of the disagreement,” the statement said.
Umahi subsequently urged Imo residents to conduct their businesses peacefully and in accordance with the law.
“They should also shun provocative statements as we work towards restoring normalcy to the situation,” the governor added.
Ijaw News had earier reported how the Imo state police command arrested Okorocha on Sunday during a fracas over the government sealing of a hotel, Royal Spring Palm Hotel, belonging to his wife.
It is worthwhile to note that since Okorocha left office as governor in 2019, he has been having a political battle with his successor, Uzodinma.
Both men are members of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC.