The Imo State Government claimed on Tuesday that Uche Nwosu’s allegation that the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, had a hand in his arrest by the police was without merit.
Declan Emelumba, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, claimed Nwosu mislead the public.
He said this in response to Nwosu’s claim that Uzodinma orchestrated his detention on Sunday at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama Obaire in the state’s Nkwerre Local Government Area.
On Tuesday morning, Nwosu gave a news conference, recounting how he was detained and packed to Abuja via Enugu airport, purportedly on the orders of the state governor.
In response, Emelumba stated that only time would tell if Nwosu was guilty or not.
The statement read “The attention of Imo State Government has been drawn to a spurious and baseless allegation by Uche Nwosu who was recently arrested by the police, for a yet-to-be-disclosed crime, that the state government was behind his arrest.
“This is a malicious concoction, that can only be made up by a drowning man.
“It is pitiable that rather than go into a sobering reflection on his arrest, Nwosu, upon his release on bail was in a hurry to allege without any proof, that his arrest was masterminded by Imo State Government.
“There is no truth whatsoever in that allegation as it is a figment of his imagination. It is natural for a drowning man to clutch on any available straw to save himself. But spurious and baseless allegations are not the kind of the straw that can save a drowning man.
“It is quite curious that in all of Imo State, it was only Uche Nwosu that the police targeted to arrest in such a manner for no just reason? Only time will tell.
“It should be emphasized that the government of Senator Hope Uzodinma does not believe in tyranny or lawless behavior as was in the case when Uche Nwosu was the defacto Deputy Governor of the state.
“This Government believes in rule of law and due process and would not attempt to usurp the Constitutional responsibility of the security agencies.
“However, we believe that in the fullness of time, Imo people and indeed Nigerians will be apprised by the relevant agencies who the bandits in the state are and the real reason for the arrest of Uche Nwosu.
“No amount of blackmail and infantile vituperation against the Government would obliterate the fact that the police have opened a case against Uche Nwosu and he will sooner than later give an account of his actions. A word should be enough for the wise.”