The Patrons Association of Imo Oil Producing Communities (PIOPC) has urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to intervene in the arrest and detention of a state lawmaker, Heclus Okoro.
Its chairman, Chief David Mbachu, made the call in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday in which he said the release of the lawmaker was necessary to avert a breakdown of law and order.
The police arrested and detained the lawmaker last Friday following a fracas that broke out between him and his colleagues at the Government House, Owerri.
The PIOPC also issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the police on Monday demanding Okoro’s immediate release.
Mbachu said that oil producing communities in the state would use all legal means to secure the release of Okoro, whom, he said was being victimised for siding with the impeached Speaker of the House.
In a statement she issued last Saturday, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Hope Uzodinma on New and Electronic Media, Mrs Nneamaka Okafor, confirmed Okoro’s arrest for fighting inside the premises of Government House.
She alleged that Okoro was in the Government House to fight when his colleagues were presenting the new Speaker to the governor, a claim which was refuted by the PIOPC chairman.
The PIOPC chairman said Okoro was invited to the Government House by his colleagues and upon arrival, was descended upon and beaten up.
Mbachu argued that if it was true that Okoro was at the Government House of fight, those with whom he fought ought to have been arrested also.
Edited By: Alli Hakeem
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