An apparently thoroughly scared Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, is currently before a Federal High Court in Abuja, begging for protection from an anticipated onslaught from his political enemies.
The governor, whose second tenure in office, would expire in 14 days’ time, stripping him of immunity from arrest and detention, is sure that his current traducers, are also bent on denying him his freedom, after instigating his current political ordeal.
He has therefore, approached the court, with two fundamental rights suits, to rail in the onslaught and keep the fangs of his alleged adversaries from sinking deeper.
He listed as respondents in the suits, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Department of State Services (DSS) the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Informing that his traducers, who he held responsible for the insistence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to issue him with a certificate of return after being declared the winner of the last election in lmo West Senatorial District, he said the same people, had already instigated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other agencies against him and members of his family.
”Not satisfied with the withholding of the applicant’s certificate of return, those powerful forces have commenced fresh spate of attacks against the applicant on the baseless allegation that he embezzled the funds belonging to Imo state government.
“The plan has now reached a crescendo and desperation in view of the failure of the respondents to find anything incriminating against the applicant.
“The decision now taken is to arrest and detain the applicant as soon as he hands over power to the newly elected governor of Imo on May 29 and using the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, detain him indefinitely.
”This is in order that cause may be found to have him removed from his seat as a senator to which he was recently elected.
“The plan has also been expanded to include a reign of terror against the applicant’s political, business associates and family members including his wife and children.
“He has not committed any offence to warrant the incessant threats of arrest, detention, the harassment and terror being unleashed upon him and his family.
“It is therefore important that this court as the “Fundamental Rights Court” intervene to ensure that this abuse of power and misfeasance in public office by the respondents against the applicant is abated.
”It is also important to ensure that the fundamental rights of the applicant to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, to liberty and freedom of movement are enforced,” the suit, read.