In its bid to curtail violence during the elections today, the Imo State Police command yesterday burst the arsenal of the All Progressives Congress, APC, meant to rig the elections in favour of the party in the state.
The police also arrested the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Rochas Okorocha on security matters Barr. Okechukwu Okorocha for stockpiling arms for the purpose of disrupting election in Imo State.
Also arrested in the same vain were four members of the state established security outfit known as State Security Network.
Parading the suspects before newsmen at the Imo State Police Command Headquarters, Owerri yesterday, the Police Public Relation Officer of the command DSP Andrew Enwerem said that the arrest of Barr. Okorocha follows a search operation conducted by the SCID at his house and premises following a tip off.
The Command PPRO disclosed that in the course of the operation, recovered three pump action automatic rifles with 24 life cartridges with a ken-word walkie-Talkie.
He State Criminal Investigation Department SCID in a similar operation at the security post of Imo Security Network at Egbeda housing estate apprehended four members of the outfit alongside 3 automatic pump action riffles, with 14 live cartridges.
The suspects include Kelechi Onuoha, Chigozie Uzowuru, Osita Obiakor and Aka Linus.
The PPRO said that the main purpose of stockpiling the arms that was recovered was to disrupt the Saturday election in the state against earlier warning that all unapproved security outfit should surrender their arms to the Police.
He said that the arrest of the suspects were in line considering the time for the general election scheduled to begin today Saturday 28th March 2015.
But the SSA to the Governor on security Barr. Okechukwu Okorocha told newsmen that before now he has asked all his members to surrender their arms for onward submission to the Police adding that since his directive he has surrendered number of arms to them which is in their inventory.
He said that he was surprise to see arms recovered in one of his rooms which according to him may be the ones his members could not have returned earlier on before he traveled.
Describing his arrest as one of those things, said that before now his men has been working closely as a team with the police adding that the Imo Security Network contributed in the reduction of kidnapping in the state.