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Ohakim Narrates How He Escaped Gunmen Attack

Former governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, on Tuesday night said he is alive today because of the God’s mercy through the instrumentality of bulletproof vehicle.

However, Four police officers attached to him were not that lucky; they were reportedly killed during an attack on his convoy.

The incident was said to have happened on Monday evening at Oriagu in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo state.

The former Imo governor, escaped death by the whiskers as the gunmen bombed the backup vehicle in his convoy as he was returning from a visit alongside his two children.

It was gathered that it took the bravery of the driver for Ohakim and his children to escape.

“His excellency was the main target but his driver was smart enough to beat them because they were driving to block him,” the source said.

“Disappointed that their main target had escaped, they blocked his backup vehicle and burnt it. The four policemen with him were burnt.”

Narrating his ordeal to newsmen on Tuesday night, the former Imo state governor said that what happened was still like a dream.

“We were driving between Isiala Mbano and Ehime Mbano. These people blocked us at a place called Umualumaku.

“The driver who manifested tremendous level of driving skill kept manoeuvring until he lost them at a junction when he went right and not knowing where we had gone, they headed the other direction on the road to Umuahia.

“We then turned and went back to my house. We were there when Imo Government House sent reinforcement from Owerri who brought the corpses of my security people.”

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Ohakim, who said he saw the assailants said they were not amateurs.

“This goes beyond the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), I must say. These are professionals, well-trained. They are not ordinary people. They were driving a blue colour BMW 5-series car, brand new. They came to kill me.”

Ohakim lamented the worsening security situation in Imo State.

“I don’t know what this is all about. It is becoming terrible. Won’t people come home again? Are we going to stay in Owerri and Abuja permanently without coming back to our communities?” the former governor asked.

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