Governor Emeka Ihedioha, has denied report that he ordered citizens of the state to arrest his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha.
The pair are locked in a battle with the State Committee for Recovery of Government Property set up by Ihedioha accusing Okorocha of stealing some items belonging to the state.
In the wake of the allegation, the committee’s chairman, Jasper Ndubuaku, was allegedly attacked at the resident of the former governor in the line of duty culminating in a statement credited to the governor in which he was said to have ordered the citizens to arrest his predecessor on sight.
Ihedioha at a press briefing to commemorate his 100 days in office debunked the claim through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Chibuike Onyeukwu, on Saturday, saying at no time did he give the sensational order.
Onyeukwu said, “Nothing can be further from the truth. The Governor, who has a distinguished career and concluded his legislative assignment as a Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives, has also built an enduring reputation for respect for rule of law and the independence of the different arms of government.
“We therefore wish to restate that Governor Ihedioha will not interfere in the investigation of the former governor by relevant agencies but shall continue to abide by and lead Imo State, in the established democratic principles as enshrined in the laws of our land.”