Following the mixed reactions emanating from the residents of the State over the incident, the Imo government has distanced itself from the arrest of the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Gerald Irona.
Irona was on Wednesday arrested in Owerri by the operatives of the state police command.
Hours after his arrest, the ex-deputy governor’s spokesperson and the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party in separate statements claimed that his arrest was masterminded by the state government.
But the state government had denied the claim, saying that the governor of the state, Hope Uzodimma, doesn’t interfere with the affairs of the police.
The governor’s Special Adviser on Public Communications, Collins Ughalaa, said that the allegation was “baseless and unfounded”.
Ughalaa said ” it is unfortunate that the ex-deputy governor’s spokesperson could make such an unfounded claim. The governor does not interfere with the affairs of the police. He respects the rule of law. The governor nor the Imo State government have no hands in the arrest of the ex-deputy governor.”
The statement portrays that neither the Imo State government nor its governor has hand in the alleged arrest of Mr. Gerald Irona. This, however, has triggered more concerns about who is behind the arrest of Irona on Wednesday.
Different public affairs commentators have averred that there is already a complicated scenario concerning the operatives of the state’s command to arrest the said ex-depute governor of the state. This notwithstanding, the Special Adviser to the governor on Public Communications, Collins Ughaala has described the allegation as “baseless and unfounded”, which now hinges on then, poses the question of who is behind the arrest of the immediate past deputy governor, Gerald Irona.