A group of prominent citizens in Imo State have criticized the former governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for breaking into a property seized by the government.
The property was seized in compliance of a judicial panel order and backed by approval of the State Executive Council.
In a statement over the weekend, the group under the auspices of Concerned Imo Elders Statesmen condemned Okorocha for taken the law into his hands instead of following laid down judicial process to seek redress.
The release which was signed by five prominent citizens of the state noted that the property, Royal Palm Spring Estate located along Akachi Road violated the Owerri City master plan which stated that the area should not be built upon, so as to protect the state capital and its residence from environmental and ecological hazards.
The group made it clear that every other administration before 2011 abided by that law until 2013 when the former governor allocated the area to some members of his family for development.
They asked Imo people not to lend their support to anybody no matter how highly placed he is to distort the existing laws of the state.
The statement further “Enjoined the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to remain focus in his administration efforts to recover all illegally or fraudulently acquired assets taken away from the peoples’ common wealth”
The statement was signed on behalf of the group by the following: Chief Ralph Obioha, the former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Maxwell Duru, a former Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Chief Lemmy Akakem, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC), Chief Simeon Odunka, a former Commissioner in the administration of late Sam Mbakwe and Eze Cletus Iluamuanya, a prominent Traditional Ruler in the state.
Finally the group urged political elites in the country to stop the attitude of impunity which has became the major stumbling block to the advancement of the nation’s democracy.
Recall that the Imo State government had earlier recovered Royal Palm Spring Estate, just before Okorocha went there with some of his aides to break into it.
The Royal Palm Estate was also seized Just few days after recovering Eastern Palm University from Okorocha, by the state government.