But the state government had denied the claim, saying that the governor of the state, Hope Uzodimma, doesn’t interfere with the affairs of the police.
The governor’s Special Adviser on Public Communications, Collins Ughalaa, said that the allegation was “baseless and unfounded”.
Ughalaa said ” it is unfortunate that the ex-deputy governor’s spokesperson could make such an unfounded claim. The governor does not interfere with the affairs of the police. He respects the rule of law. The governor nor the Imo State government have no hands in the arrest of the ex-deputy governor.”
The Imo State government has distanced itself from the arrest of the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Gerald Irona.
Irona was on Wednesday arrested in Owerri by the operatives of the state police command.
Hours after his arrest, the ex-deputy governor’s spokesperson and the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party in separate statements claimed that his arrest was masterminded by the state government.