By Amauche Agbo, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi State governor Engr. David Umahi has said that the arrest of the former member representing Ohanivo Federal Constituency Hon. Linus Okorie was not political motivated, saying the lawmaker was arrested for allegedly peddling hard drugs and other serial crimes in his City Hub hotel including capital offences.
The governor who spoke through the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation Barr Uchenna Orji while reacting on the alleged torturing of the Ebonyi South Labour Party Senatorial candidate, his opponent by suspected EBUBEAGU operatives on the order of the Governor in Abakaliki, the State capital.
The Governor, noted the former lawmaker is currently cooling his feet at the police net in Abakaliki to answer for the various crimes he committed
According to him: “Okorie was arrested in connection with serial crimes allegedly committed by him and the complicity of his club facility – the City Hub in promoting sundry crimes especially in peddling hard drugs and other illicit substances.
The governor, Umahi, however exonerated Ebubeagu security operatives of having a hand in the purported torture and abduction of Okorie, saying the Ebubeagu operatives are trained and have the right by law to arrest any erring person in the society.
“The motive behind the weighty but baseless accusations leveled against the security outfit that carried out its lawful and professional duty in relation to the offences hanging around the neck of Linus Okorie and for which he had for the umpteenth time rudely and subversively evaded every attempt by the Police to arrest him to answer to the crimes he was suspected to have committed,” he added.
He accused Okorie of committing capital offences, “Contrary to the unfounded, irresponsible and vicious accusations widely circulated in social media for cheap political gains.
“Okorie was arrested and promptly handed over to the Police and he is pretty hale and hearty. He is already giving useful information on his roles in the offences reported against him” He said