By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”A critic of Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State, Mr. Maximus Uba, has been arrested by the state police command on the order of an Imo State Chief Magistrate Court.
Confirming the development in a telephone interview, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aloysius Okorie, said Ubaâ€™s lawful arrest runs counter to speculations that Governor Ohakim was using the police to hound and intimidate his perceived enemies.
â€œMaximus Uba was arraigned before a court in Owerri, even before I was posted to the state. The court granted him bail but he thereafter failed to appear in court to answer to the charges,â€ Mr. Okorie said.
According to the Imo police boss, Ubaâ€™s matter became complicated as even the man, that took him on bail also failed to produce the accused person but has also been on the run.
â€œAfter waiting endlessly for Maximus Uba and his surety, the court had no other option than to issue a bench warrant against the fleeing accused person. It is therefore wrong for anybody to impute that the Governor is using the police to hound his alleged enemies,â€ Okorie said.
â€œI am in Imo State to religiously discharge my official duties. I am not here to serve any interest. All law abiding persons are my friends but I will not hesitate to go against anybody or group of persons that decide to violate the laws of the land,â€ the CP said.