Executive Impunity: Okorocha Dragged To Court For Assault, To Pay N50m Damages

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By Ogbonna Casmir


Anthony Amadi and Chigozie Oparaku has dragged Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to Federal High Court, Owerri, for allegedly ordering his security details to brutal beat them up and thrown to police cell for four days without statement.


In a Suit No. FHC/OW/CS/145/2016 our correspondent obtained Tuesday, Amadi and Oparaku are demanding among others “N50 million for special and general damages.


According to court documents, the only ‘offence’ the plaintiffs committed was that they presented a copy of court order restraining the Governor or his agents from demolishing former Interior Minister, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho’s house to Gov. Okorocha, when he led a demolition party to bulldoze to the house. Infuriated why they had the gut without fear to present the court document, the governor unleashed his security details on them.


In an affidavit deposed to by Anthony Amadi, he said “that on the 7th of July, 2016, while at Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho’s house, they noticed agents of the Imo state government advancing towards Ihenacho’s house with heavy equipment and with intent to demolish the property. They approached the engineer in-charge of the demolition and showed a copy of the restraining order against the said demolition and the Engineer obeyed and withdrew his equipment.


“About an hour later, the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha in company of his full security detail came to Captain Ihenacho’s house and the Governor ordered the engineer to demolish Ihenacho’s house, we then went towards the Governor as much as the security details would allow us and showed him the court order, thereupon, the Governor ordered his security details to beat us up and arrest us”, Amadi narrated.


Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, Amadi and Oparaku recalled that they were beaten for more than 30 minutes by more than 20 security details of the governor just for daring to show them a restraining order of court against their illegal action.


“At the end, we could hardly stand or walk, and they carried us and dumped us at the Shell Camp Police Station without any medical treatment”, Oparaku added.


Amadi’s left eye still has blood clots and opens with difficulty while Oparaku has an ugly lump on his back all sustained after the beating.


In a petition to Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu same day by counsel to the complainants, Amadi-Obi S. Esq. titled; ‘Reckless Exhibition of Power by Governor of Imo State’, noted that his clients were viciously beaten and dumped in the police cell without stating their offense.


“Receipt of the petition was acknowledged the next day, yet the commissioner refused to release us to seek medical care instead we were transferred from Shell Camp Police Station to Owerri Area Command at Fire Service”.


Demanding an enforcement of their fundamental human right, they stressed, “We were released on the fourth day with a charge against us. We were only told that we were detained on the orders of Governor Rochas Okorocha and that was exactly what was written on the incident board”, the complainants avowed.



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