Popular Owerri-based journalist and blogger, Ifeanyi Njoku has alleged a plot by the Rochas Okorocha government to kill him for criticizing its maladministration.
In a statement issued from his “hideout” on Friday and sent to CHECKPOINTCHARLEY, Mr. Njoku detailed how he became the government’s “enemy number one” and how thugs hired by Okorocha’s Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu laid siege at his residence in furtherance of the plot to neutralize him.
Read the full Statemet below:
From my hideout, I cried to the Federal Government of Nigeria , Security Agencies, Human rights Organisations and the Good People of Imo State to call Governor Rochas Okorocha led administration to order, I have done nothing wrong to warrant the desperate plots to kill me.
On Saturday May 5th, 2018, around 7pm, the Personal Assistant to All Progressive Congress 2019 Imo governorship Aspirant, Chief Uche Nwosu, who doubles as Chief of Staff and Son in-law to the Governor of Imo State, by name Nwadike Chikezie alongside the coordinator of Uche Nwosu governorship campaign organization, Ugwumba Movement, Ezinwa Wisdom Nwauwa led more than 15 thugs, cultists and suspected militants camped in front of government house Owerri for the execution of May 5th, Ward Congresses of the All Progressive Congress and invaded Rockview Hotels Owerri to attack and kill me for reporting accurately as a blogger, the unfortunate incident of last Saturday APC Ward Congress in Imo State, were Governor Rochas Okorocha and other APC Stakeholders in Imo had a face off culminating in the alleged kidnap , arrest of electoral officers and disappearance of same officers, a dirty situation which resulted to the emergency transfer of the Imo state commissioner of Police to Force headquarters.
After the disturbing incident, which I narrowly escaped through the hotel toilets, on getting a tip off from government sources who were privy to the plot, as they were invading the hotel through the staircase, I quickly took the lift back to the restroom and positioned to monitor their movement. When they couldn’t trace me, they were directed the location I parked my car, they took the model, plate number and color, not satisfied, Nwadike Chikezie went to the nearby joint; a restaurant named “City Chef” in desperate search for me. I later learnt that the hired assassins reached out to Nwadike Chikezie for their payment after they couldn’t get me, he reportedly “told them to manage the one already paid to them by his Boss, Uche Nwosu”.
Recall that, the thugs hired by Imo state government, had a fight later in front of government house Owerri around 11pm, while sharing additional N100, 000 APC Governorship Aspirant Uche Nwosu gave them for job well done after the controversial ward congresses. Uche Nwosu and wife had earlier threatened to deal with me, thanks to the out going commissioner of Police who intervened and other good spirited individuals. Ever since then, I have been his number one enemy.
Ever the incident, I have not been to my house, have been on a hideout, surprisingly, On Tuesday morning, my neighbour called to ask if I had problem with anybody, I said no, he reported that strange faces (group of four guys) have been mounting check in the House from 9pm till about 11pm when dogs consistent barking made him to find out what it could be, as he tried to open the gate, he saw four guys ran away.
Shockingly, on Wednesday, I sneaked out from my hideout to go repair my car at a mechanic workshop, not knowing that my car was being tracked. What happened at the mechanics workshop at Mcc Road, was unbelievable. A tinted white car drove to the mechanics, a young man wearing black all through came out and walk straight to my standing position. I immediately confronted, “who are you looking for, he said mechanics” I asked which of the mechanics because only two mechanics stays in the workshops and standing with me, he said “I will call him”, moving a little and doing as if he want to urinate, and making call desperately, I sensed danger, he couldn’t urinate any longer, went down to meet another young man coming from opposite direction who is not a mechanic. I quickly told my mechanic, “Please am in danger, help drive me out here, you can drive better than me, we both enter the car before those guys could get to our point, as we are driving out, one guy came down from the tinted parked car I earlier mentioned and blocked the front of my moving car, telling the mechanic to stop, as the mechanic was telling him, “oga comot for road” , I then knew am in real danger, and shouted to the mechanic to the hearing of the man standing and stopping my moving car. I shouted “climb him and move” , he then jumped out of my car front, it’s then it’s down on the mechanic that somethings serous is about to happen, as a good driver , he speed off, over took more than a four car including a lorry. His phone was busy ringing, I told him concentrate, don’t pick. But the calls keep coming from his boys in the workshop and colleagues, he asked let him pick. Immediately he picked call, they told him those guys came back pointing them gun asking for Ifeanyi, they told them he has gone, they enter their car and start to track us. The boys call again that they are tracking my car, that I should switch off my phones. The mechanic did his best through curve curve roads and get to my hideout.
After this horrible experience, I have been wondering why do they want to kill me.
I therfore, call on Governor Rochas Okorocha to call his boys to order. Nigeria security agencies should kindly investigate and caution Imo State government, and their agents and give me protection.
I am not against Governor Rochas Okorocha, His Son-in-law Uche Nwosu. I speak out against bad governance in Imo State, and injustice. As a blogger, I report stories objectively with picturial evidence attached sometimes if available. Capturing the government hired thugs in pictures and publishing them, which has gone viral and accurate reportage of last Saturday Imo APC Ward Congress which wasn’t in favor of Governor Rochas Okorocha and government of Imo State is not enough to kill me.
My name is Ifeanyi CY Njoku
Ehime-mbano Mbano LGA of Imo State.