Operatives of the Nigeria Police on Wednesday, March 31, stopped a summit organised to highlight the achievements of the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
It was gathered that the programme, which was tagged Imo Good Governance Summit, was organised by Imo Transparency Group International (ITGI).
It was learnt that the programme which was aimed at praising Rochas was to hold at Immaculate Hotel, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, before some Police operatives armed with rifle led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of New Owerri Police Division, dispersed the delegates.
According to the DPO, he was following an order from the Imo state government not to allow the meeting hold.
However, the delegates insisted on not leaving the venue of the summit.
According to sources, Okorocha’s ex-Information Commissioner Chidi Ibe was seen arguing with the DPO over what he described as complete rubbish. He argued that why will a programme that was approved be stopped on the day it was to hold.
It was learnt that while the Police stopped the pro-Okorocha’s summit, a similar programme organised in favour of Governor Hope Uzodinma, at Villa Garden Hotel, Owerri, continued uninterrupted.
Briefing reporters, Okorocha’s spokesman Sam Onwuemeodo alleged that the Police commissioner, Nasiru Muhammed stopped the summit on the order of the Governor.
He said, “The CP has stopped our summit. Democracy is under threat in Imo State. The IGP should monitor the activities of the CP. He is here to serve the people of Imo State, not the governor or the people at the Government House.”
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relation Officer of Imo State Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu said the summit was initially stopped because of the intelligence received.
He however, said that the organisers was told to continue with their summit.