Senator Rochas Okorocha has cautioned the Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha against assaulting his wife and children.
Okorocha issued the warning in a statement over the weekend in Owerri, the Imo capital.
According to the Imo West lawmaker, his family has done nothing to warrant harassment from his successor.
“Thugs believed to be working for the secretary to the State Government, Chief Onyeaguocha invaded a mechanic workshop around the Orji flyover and took away a vehicle undergoing repair and owned by the daughter of the former governor, Uloma Nwosu nee Okorocha” the lawmaker’s media aide Sam Onwuemedo noted in the statement.
“Even when she later sent her staff with the particulars of the vehicle they took away, to show that the vehicle does not belong to the State Government and to show that she bought the vehicle long time ago, they threatened to beat her and detain her and never cared to look at the particulars of the vehicle.
“If Ihedioha’s government wanted anything from any of the former governor’s children or wife they could do so through the Police or DSS in the State.
“Invading their houses or impounding their private vehicles even from the mechanics for any reason, is barbaric and should be frowned at.’
“We want to make this appeal and ask Governor Emeka Ihedioha to take charge as the governor of the State and halt the incessant harassment and abuse of the wife and children of the former governor of the State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha by his senior appointees and their foot soldiers.
“Specifically, Governor Ihedioha should call Uche Onyeaguocha and his thugs to order and stop them from their harassment and abuse of the wife and children of the former governor.
“Chief Ihedioha should not create an ugly history or set very bad precedence as the first governor of the State who took delight in harassing the children and wife of the man he succeeded as governor.
The statement noted that “His appointees have been harassing and castigating the children and wife of the former governor even at public functions and in the media.
“This is not good for the Office of the Governor. They can criticize or malign Rochas Okorocha on any issue which they have been doing, but to begin to harass the children and wife, is unacceptable to us and indeed, to all decent men and women in the society.
” Thugs believed to be working for the secretary to the State Government, Chief Onyeaguocha invaded a mechanic workshop around the Orji flyover and took away a vehicle undergoing repair and owned by the daughter of the former governor, Uloma Nwosu nee Okorocha.
It added: “It is also important to remind those who have got appointments for chewing election result sheets that no human being has the monopoly of thuggery or lawlessness and the most dangerous situation could arise when people are pushed to the wall.
“It also gives the wrong impression that those who want to be Secretary to the Government of the State should only need to tear or chew election result sheets.
“Okorocha’s wife and children never committed any crime by remaining in the State after he had left as governor when the children and wives of those before him are all at overseas.”