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BREAKING: CP summons ex Imo gov, deputy, CUPP spokesperson over murder allegation

by OkeomaNews

The Imo state police command has summoned the immediate past governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, his deputy, Gerald Irona and the spokesperson of Coalition of United Political Parties, Ugochinyere Imo for alleged murder, kidnapping and arson cases.

A letter of invitation addressed to the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Charles Ugwu, and signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of administration in the state, Ukachi Opara, asked the PDP chairman to produce the three opposition party chieftains on Thursday at the State Criminal Bureau of the police command.

The letter dated March 13, 2023, which was addressed to the PDP chairman, was sighted by our correspondent in Owerri on Wednesday was titled “Re: case of murder, kidnapping and arson.

The invitation letter read ” the office of State Intelligence Bureau, Imo state police command, state headquarters Owerri, is investigating the above underlined case involving some prominent members of Peoples Democratic Party, Imo state chapter.

“The Commissioner of Police, Imo state command requests you come along with the following persons, Emeka Ihedioha, Ugochinyere Ikenga Imo, Gerald Irona, to interview the commissioner of police, through the officer in charge of State Intelligence Bureau, Owerri date Thursday, 16th March , 2023, time 10:00 prompt.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for the PDP in the state, Collins Opuruozor, confirmed the authenticity of the police invitation.

Also, the Legal Adviser of the PDP in the state, Kissinger Ikeokwu, told our correspondent that the State Working Committee of the party had received the police invitation asking the state party chairman to produce Ihedioha, Gerald and Imo at the SIB unit of the command headquarters in Owerri on Thursday.

But Ihedioha’s spokesperson, Chibuike Onyeukwu, said that though he had seen the invitation letter on social media but asked our correspondent to give him some time to enable confirm the authenticity of the invite.

Okeomanews recalls that Irona, who was Ihedioha’s deputy when the letter served as the governor of the state for seven months was on Thursday remanded in Owerri prison custody after the police arrested in Wednesday.

Irona was remanded after he was arraigned by the police on a three count charge bothering on treason by the police in the state.

The charges “read” that you Hon Gerald Irona sometime in January 2020, at Owerri in the Owerri magistrate district, did conspired with others now at large, to commit felony to wit: treason and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 37(2) of the criminal code, cap c 38, law of the federation of Nigeria, 2004, as applicable in Imo state.

“That you Hon Gerald Irona sometime in January 2020, at Owerri in the Owerri magistrate district, did make several utterances to the effect that you will make Imo state ungovernable and immediately afterwards hoodlums levied several attacks on Imo state with intent to intimidate or overawe the governor of Imo state and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 37 of the criminal code, cap, c 38, law of the federation of Nigeria, 2004, as applicable in Imo state.

“That you Hon Gerald Irona on the 15th day of January, 2020, at Owerri in the Owerri magistrate district, do converted to your own use two land cruiser jeep ( V8 and v6) and one Toyota Hilux vehicle valued four hundred and Ninety three million naira property of Imo state government thereby committed an offence punishable under section 390 ( 9) of the criminal code, cap c 38, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004, as applicable in Imo state.”

The presiding magistrate, C. N Ezerioha, refused Irona bail after hearing arguments for and against his bail.

The arraignment of Irona on Tuesday before justice S. I Opara of the state high court sitting in Owerri was on stalled on the grounds that the case file had not been transmitted to the court.

The arraignment was now rescheduled for today ( Wednesday)

The CUPP spokesperson who was on February 26 declared the winner of Ideato North/ Ideato South Federal Constituency of the state election has been in a political battle with the state government.

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