Stand-up comedian Uche Ogbuagu infamously described Governor Rochas Okorocha’s misrule in Imo State as “familiocracy”, in reference to how the governor and his family have cornered the assets of the state.
The worst example of these excesses involve Okorocha and his son-in-law Uche Nwosu, who is also the governor’s Chief of Staff. Both men are alleged to have been involved in “advance fee” fraud, popularly known as 419 (named after the relevant section in the Nigerian criminal code), before Okorocha went into politics.
Criminal politics now pays them more than 419, with both, according to a state capital Owerri source, having misappropriated prime acres of land from the Emmanuel College roundabout in the city all the way to the road to Aba. The source informed Naijiant.com that Nwosu owns all the land on the left of the road, while Okorocha owns the land to the right. They are currently developing the land for businesses that include gas plants, a petrol station, etc.
Okorocha, who will finish his second term as governor in 2019, originally anointed Nwosu as his successor. But this plan was scuppered by the governorship being “zoned” to the Okigwe senatorial zone. Okorocha and Nwosu come from Orlu zone.