By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”A prominent Umuahia, Abia state based businessman, Mr. Ugochukwu Ikpo has been arrested by a team of policemen from Abuja for his alleged involvement in criminal activities, including armed robbery and kidnapping.
Ikpoâ€™s arrest followed a petition by the traditional ruler of Umudiawa Kingdom, a neihgbouringÂ community and Chief Smart Ejenonu, a community leader in Umuezehiri, Ugochukwu Ikpoâ€™s community.
The petitioners in the petition by their counsel, Amaobi Agbara, also accused Ikpo of engaging in â€œmilitant activities in Abia state and environsâ€. This, they alleged had led to his â€œsudden and inexplicable wealth he is currently enjoyingâ€.
But family sources dismissed the allegations of criminal activities against their son, saying the real issue was a â€œdisagreement over land and mere envy over the young manâ€™s success in businessâ€.
The source claimed that Ikpo had disagreed with the people over theirÂ request to construct a road on a portion of land he bought, which he plans to use for a gas plant.
The source said Ikpo accepted to release some portion of the land, so that he can make good use of the remaining but the leaders were alleged to have rejected the portion of land he released to them, insistingÂ on a particular area.