By Jane Odoh
The war between the Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha-led Imo State Government and that of the Chief Rochas Okorocha past administration in the State has continued.
This time, Chief Uche Nwosu, Okorocha’s then Chief of Staff and Action Alliance, AA, guber candidate during the last election, has accused Ihedioha of sending thugs after his wife.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen, signed by Onwuasoanya Jones, Director, Media and Publicity, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu Campaign Organization on Friday.
The statement read, “Yesterday, some obviously hired and uncouth thugs invaded the business premises of the wife of His Excellency Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, along Port-Harcout Road, Owerri.
“These thugs assaulted and harassed the proprietress, customers and staff of the House of Freeda, an entertainment outfit owned by Her Excellency Mrs. Uloma Nwosu, wife of the AA governorship candidate in the last general elections.
“It is important to also inform the public that these thugs did not provide any search warrant, permitting them to search this privately owned investment of more than three years standing.
“They rudely interrupted business activities in the premises and forcefully made away with properties of the outfit worth several millions of Naira. For record purposes, some of the things looted from the House of Freeda are:
“Refrigerators, power generating set, vehicles, wristwatches, fabrics, shirts, frozen chicken parts, television sets, chairs, tables and other properties acquired and registered in the name of the company.
“Some of these properties have been owned by the House of Freeda for more than three years now, and there are papers to prove this.”
He demanded that “the Imo State Government should, within, forty-eight hours of this publication return all that it looted from the House of Freeda.
“That the Imo State Government should in not more than twelve hours, after this publication, declare and display before the public, items looted from the House of Freeda, and attach evidences proving that these items were or are properties of the Imo State Government.
“That the Imo State Government should, within 72 hours of this press statement, tender an unreserved apology to Her Excellency Mrs. Uloma Nwosu, all staff of her establishment, customers and His Excellency, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
“That Governor Emeka Ihedioha should reprimand everyone involved in that thug action against the spouse of our governorship candidate.
“That the Imo State Government through its media team, should sponsor advertorials on television, newspapers, radio and the social media, dispelling the erroneous narrative they had sponsored against Her Excellency Mrs. Uloma Nwosu and her establishment.
“That the Imo State governor, His Excellency Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, must commit by himself to offset hospital bills of all those injured during this invasion.”
They further noted that as “a campaign organization we deplore the constant harassments by Mr. Emeka Ihedioha’s thugs, and we are concerned that the Imo State Police Command may have been conscripted to provide cover for these thugs.
“While we continue to explore legal options towards protecting our freedom as eminent citizens of this State, we call on the Imo State Commissioner of Police and other relevant security agencies to call these rampaging thugs of the State Government to order.
“We may have to state that, should these harassments persist, we may have no other options but to resort to self-help in order to protect ourselves.”
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH