The Police Command in Imo on Sunday confirmed the arrest of Uche Nwosu, the son in-law of the former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.
Mr Nwosu was the candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, in the 2019 governorship election in the state.
The spokesman for the police in the state, Michael Abattam, confirmed the incident in a statement in Owerri.
It had earlier been reported on the social media that Mr Nwosu was kidnapped at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Umunwoke village, Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area on Sunday.
Mr Abattam, a chief superintendent of police, said: “This is to inform the general public that Chief Uche Nwosu was not kidnapped but was arrested by the police and Imo state police command is aware of the arrest and presently he is in police custody.
“This is to refute the earlier news that has been making the rounds on social media that he was kidnapped by unknown persons/gunmen.”
The police spokesman reiterated the command’s commitment to ensuring safety of lives and property in the state and advised the general public to always shun fake news.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the former commissioner was picked up during a thanksgiving service in honour of her late mother, Jemaimah Nwosu.
A source who pleaded anonymity said that the late Mrs Nwosu was laid to rest on December 22.