Alleged Murder: Court forbids Police, Imo Gov’t from Arresting Ugochinyere, Others
The Member-elect for Ideato Nroth/South federal constituency of Imo State, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Ikeagwuonu, has again floored the State’s Commissioner of Police (CP), Governor Hope Uzodimma, and Nigerian Police Force as an FCT High Court has set aside and nullified the Police letter of invitation sent to Ugochinyere, former Governor Emeka Ihedioha, and Gerald Irona dated March 13, 2023 over alleged murder, terrorism and arson.
The Imo State governor, the State Security Service, the Nigerian Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police for Imo State, the Ebubeagu Security Network, and the DIG in charge of the FIIB were among the respondents in a lawsuit filed by Ugochinyere against them on March 24, 2023. The court’s ruling read: “It is hereby ordered that the letter dated March 13, 2023 with Reference No. AR3000/ims/dfa
The Court further declared that “The Respondents are restrained from giving any effect, carrying out, proceeding with, arresting, further inviting or taking any other steps in furtherance of or in connection with the said letter of invitation dated 13th March, 2023 as it affects the Applicant pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit,” whether by themselves, agents, officers, staff, privies or however else described.
The member-elect has accused the Imo State Police Command of being involved in numerous attacks on his person and his home and of failing to conduct any kind of investigation. The court’s decision has halted the Imo State Police Command’s latest attempt to detain Mr. Ugochinyere.
Recall that the Imo State PDP chairman, Chief Charles Ugwu, received a letter from the Commissioner of Police inviting the former governor, Ihedioha, the former deputy governor, Gerald Irona, and the incoming member of the House of Representatives, Ugochinyere, to participate in an investigation into a case of murder, kidnapping, and arson.
The hearing on the matter was then postponed until April 4, 2023.