The Imo State administration has distanced itself from the arrest of Gerald Irona, the state’s immediate past vice governor.
Irona was apprehended by state police officers in Owerri on Wednesday.
In separate comments issued hours after his detention, the ex-deputy governor’s spokesman and the state branch of the Peoples Democratic Party alleged that his arrest was orchestrated by the state administration.
Nevertheless, the state administration refuted the report, claiming that the governor of the state, Hope Uzodimma, does not intervene with police matters.
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.”