Following the continued detention of Cyriacus Okoro Heclus, a lawyer defending Ohaji-Egbema State Constituency, of the Imo House of Assembly for alleged abuse, his constituents took to the streets demanding his immediate release.
Infosive notes that the leaders, women and youth of Ohaji-Egbema held protests on Tuesday and installed roadblocks at each major junction in the LGA.
The protest, according to reports, led to the closure of oil companies in the region.
Speaking to journalists, Prince Carly Ugochukwu Nwokoma, who is a leader of the LGA, said that the arrest and detention of their lawmaker by order of the Imo State Governor is a disgrace for the entire citizens of Ohaji-Egbema and can no longer be tolerated by them.
He lamented that the people of Ohaji-Egbema had suffered various ill-treatment by the present government of the Imo State.
He declared, “the continuous detention of our lawmaker will cripple the revenue of the Federal and State governments, because the oil companies operating in the LGA will remain shut.
“Until our House Member is released, there won’t be peace both in our community and the state at large.”
The detained lawmaker and four other constituents were arrested on Friday 13th November 2020 on the Governor’s order due to an alleged face-off between himself and another House member.
Heclus Okoro was said to have been attacked by some of his colleagues at the government House for allegedly being against the purported impeachment of Chiji Collins as the Speaker.
Meanwhile, the magistrate Court sitting in Owerri will give its ruling on the matter today, November 18, 2020.