Angry reactions have continued to trail the massive destruction of residential, business outfits and public power lines in Owerri and it’s environs.
While the former Deputy Speaker, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, urged the state government to apply caution in the massive destructions, two aggrieved citizens, Anthony Amadi and Chigozie Oparaku, have approached the Federal High Court to seek redress.
Registered as suit number FHC/OW/CS/145/2016, the plaintiffs dragged Governor Rochas Okorocha, the State Attorney General and the State Commissioner of Police to court for alleged battery and detention.
Speaking to Vanguard yesterday, Amadi and Oparaku recalled that they were beaten for more than 30 minutes by more than 20 security details of the governor, just for daring to show them a restraining order of court against their illegal action.
“At the end, we could hardly stand or walk, and they carried us and dumped us at the Shell Camp Police Station without any medical treatment”, Oparaku fumed.
Citizen Amadi showed Vanguard his bloodshot left eye that opened with difficulty, while Oparaku showed an ugly lump on his back, all sustained during the battering.
In his reaction, the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, condemned “the untold hardship foisted on the citizenry by government, through the on-going massive destruction of people’s business outfits, as well as residential and ancestral homes in Owerri and its environs”.
Chief Ihedioha, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Chibuike Onyeukwu, expressed regret that the multiple destruction was coming at a time the economy is down and people are finding it extremely hard to feed. (Vanguard)