Rochas Okorocha’s daughter, Uloma, played host to unwanted guests at her shopping mall on a Friday morning; and she didn’t like it one bit.
On the morning of Friday, July 26, 2019, security operatives stormed a shopping complex belonging to the wife of Senator Rochas Okorocha in Imo State, sent everyone scampering for safety and impounded her car.
A source in Owerri, the Imo State capital, tells Pulse that the shopping complex named ‘ALL IN shopping Complex’, belongs to Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, wife of the former governor of the State and representative of Imo West in the upper legislative chamber.
Okorocha’s daughter, Uloma Nwosu, runs one of the shops in the complex, Pulse was told by the source.
“There is currently panic and pandemonium as Governor Ihedioha has sent armed thugs and security operatives to attack Okorocha’s daughter. Uloma was in her shop for the day’s business when she noticed armed thugs and NSCDC officials surrounding the complex”, the source who preferred that his name be left out of this story, told Pulse.
In a video shared with Pulse, Uloma can be heard asking one operative who had forced himself into her car: “who are you in my car? Why have you come into my car?”
“The CSO (Chief Security Officer) asked me to stay inside this car”, the security operative offered in response.
Sealing up Okorocha properties
The shop invasion comes on the heels of the closure of the Rochas College by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) this week.
The anti-graft agency also sealed up the East High Primary and Secondary School, Owerri, which belongs to Uloma.
In a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha accused his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, of working in cahoots with the EFCC to seal up his investments in the state.
The statement reads in parts, “What is obvious is that the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state with Chief Emeka Ihedioha as governor and all the PDP chieftains who felt politically displaced from 2011 to 2019 by Rochas Okorocha had come together to launch war against Rochas and his family.
“That was why they needed INEC to declare their candidate winner even when he did not meet the requirements. Unfortunately, they have instigated certain agencies like the EFCC into taking some hasty actions following flood of petitions by them.
“Our concern about the action of the EFCC is the approach. There was no prior invitation to the managements or proprietors of the colleges and other establishments sealed by the commission as expected before taking such action.
“To the best of our knowledge too, these colleges have not been under the investigation of the commission. We have had the feeling that the sealing of the colleges or any other structure as the case maybe, would have been based on the outcome of their investigations in which the managements or the proprietors would have also been interrogated.
“Sealing the colleges and other property because they belong to the Rochas Okorocha family before investigation is what is difficult for us to comprehend especially when most of these establishments had preceded the governorship of Rochas Okorocha.”
However, Ihedioha’s media team tells Pulse that the governor has nothing to do with Okorocha’s predicament at the hands of the EFCC because Okorocha was already under investigation by the anti-graft body before Ihedioha assumed the reins in May.
On the ALL IN shopping complex raid, an aide of Ihedioha said: “The Hon. Jasper Ndubuaku led Imo State Committee on the Recovery of Moveable Assets Belonging to the State Government, acting on a tip off, discovered a massive warehouse along Aba Road, belonging to Nkechi Okorocha, wife of the former Governor where looted properties belonging to government were hidden.
“It took spirited intervention to stop the youths from setting the entire warehouse ablaze”.
Okorocha of the APC, served as Imo governor from 2011 to 2019. He currently represents Imo West in the upper legislative chamber.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, won the March 9 governorship election in Imo to succeed Okorocha as governor of the Southeast State.