Governor Emeka Ihedioha says he never instructed the pulling down of Akachi statue near Aba Road, Owerri.
The statue was built by former Governor Rochas Okorocha
Hundreds of Owerri residents had converged at the gargantuan statue trying to pull it down. This attracted the attention of security agencies.
Ihedioha in a statement signed by Steve Osuji, Special Adviser On Media, the mammoth crowd that besieged the Akachi statue hacking at it and trying to pull it down apparently showed Imolites were acting in pent up anger.
Part of the statement reads
“According to reports, Imo people seem to have nursed a loathing for the statue right from the beginning, considering it a monument that portends ominous auguries for the people of the state.
“Another version suggests that the contractors who have been working rather endlessly around the statue for some time but who may have not been paid, may be responsible for the breaching of the giant statue.
“It needs to be reiterated that the Imo State government under Governor Emeka Ihedioha has no hand in the attempt to pull down the Akachi statue. If government deems it necessary to pull down the statue or any structure for that matter, it would be done properly and in accordance with the law.
“Does it stand to reason that a government that is barely 24 hours old, with no handover notes whatsoever and without an office to work from yet would concern itself with an ordinary statue? Let it be known that the new government in Imo State has its eyes set on nobler goals which includes fast-tracking the rebuilding of Imo State.
“It is interesting to note that the Akachi statue is a massive monument of a hand pointing heavenwards and rising about 50 feet into the atmosphere. Not many in Imo quite understand the significance, if any or importance of the Akachi statue, one of the baleful legacies of out-gone governor, Rochas Okorocha