Rochas Okorocha Attacked By A Traditional Ruler On An Airplane In Imo State

The Former Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya on Sunday, March 28 allegedly attacked the former Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha while they were both on an aeroplane, in Owerri Imo State. Rochas Okorocha and Eze Cletus Ilomuanya

The Nation reported that there was an outburst between the pair, in what started out as a little joke in the business class section on board an Air Peace plane at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, which quickly snowballed into a full-fledged confrontation inside the aircraft as the monarch allegedly descended on Okorocha hitting him continuously with a walking stick, shouting at him to stay away from him and the people of Orlu.
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Though the fight was stopped after the flight captain and other attendants onboard intervened. While the former Imo State governor stayed calm all through the altercation, as he relocated to another seat, even though Ilomuanya continued to warn him to stay away from Orlu Senatorial District if he truly wants peace to reign.
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It was learnt that Ilomuanya was one of the two monarchs dethroned by Okorocha on June 6, 2014 after being removed as the chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers. He was reinstated by former Governor Emeka Ihedioha based on legal advice.

Rochas Okorocha who reacted to the incident in a statement released by his media adviser Sam Onwuemeodo described Ilomuanya’s alleged assault on him as “disgraceful, unfortunate, condemnable, embarrassing, ungodly, indecent and unexpected from someone who had led the state Council of Traditional Rulers.”

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He said in the statement;

“People like Ilomuanya have told themselves that the easiest way or method to adopt to achieve their aims or ambitions will be to insult or attack Okorocha, leveraging on the hostility of the government in the state now, against Okorocha and his family.
“If Senator Okorocha saw his brother, llomuanya and chose to sit close to him, that action should be highly commended and applauded. It showed that Okorocha had behaved not only as a Christian, but also as a statesman. It showed that he had nothing personal against llomuanya.
“Again, if llomuanya could confront Okorocha to the extent of hitting him with his walking stick and Rochas Okorocha did not retaliate but hastily relocated to another seat, we will only say that Okorocha has acquitted himself very well as a two term former Imo State governor and now a sitting senator and a worthy ambassador of the state and the nation. He has shown character worthy of emulation.”

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