A former Authorities official in Ebonyi State, Barr. Amos Ogbonnaya has alleged that brokers of the State Authorities kidnapped him and had been about to bury him in a shallow grave till destiny intervened.
Amos, a former Improvement Centre coordinator in Ebonyi State, mentioned he was relieved of his responsibility within the wake of the END SARS protest.
From his hospital mattress, he gave journalists particulars of a grotesque expertise that will now confine him to sick-bed for months to return.
The ex-government official, who has his two legs shattered, battled tears as he narrated what transpired on the ill-fated day.
He claimed his downside began after he was sacked by the Governor for not mobilizing a rival group to counter the END SARS protest final yr.
In response to him, he thereafter joined G-65, a gaggle of former aides who’re battling to get well their unpaid entitlements.
The lawyer mentioned his issues worsened after they made a petition to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, and he adopted it up with a latest look at an AIT programme, an motion he mentioned was termed “insult on the Governor.”
He alleged that he was kidnapped by individuals well-known to him and who had been working for the Governor.
He mentioned previous to the assault on him, a communique was issued after a gathering between the Governor and the folks of Oha na Ivo, declaring that these of them criticizing the Governor can be turned to ancestors, whereas people who would survive can be referred to as Ebonyi indigenes.
“On that fateful day, I had attended a gathering in my neighborhood, and once we completed, I used to be on my method when a Hilux van double crossed me, I got here out wished to run however they seized me. I do know all of them. I shouted severally a minimum of to draw the eye of residents. The folks wished to return and rescue me, however one in all my abductors, the one from my neighborhood, was taking pictures repeatedly, so assist couldn’t come. They succeeded in pushing me into the Hilux van,” he narrated.
He mentioned they instantly tore his trousers and blindfolded him with it, including that “my shut shave with demise began from there.”
The politician mentioned he was pushed from one place to a different till they landed in a bush they usually eliminated the blindfold.
“At that time, I requested that I be allowed to say my final prayers. I requested them what my offence was, they mentioned I used to be insulting the governor.
“They used a razor blade to scrape my hair. They mentioned I ought to bounce into the graze. I mentioned I ought to be allowed to say my final prayer. They mentioned ‘Okay, I ought to say my final prayer.’ I mentioned Oh God, I would like you to forgive me wherever I’ve carried out unsuitable, as a result of I’ve by no means abused the Governor, all I’m asking for is my respectable entitlements. The governor can’t even name us to say to my folks, don’t fear I’ll pay this and this, go away the opposite one. Is that this the grave the place I’m going to be buried? How would my folks know the way I ended?
“Then I mentioned God, these boys which can be holding me hostage, I discussed their names, he ought to forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing. In the event that they know what they’re doing, they’ll know that they’re going through the identical downside we face in Ebonyi State.
“One last item God, shield my kids, I don’t need them to undergo, transfer my cousins to ship them to highschool, my father spent all to ship me to highschool.”
He mentioned, “at that time God intervened. One among them requested me do you might have what number of kids? I mentioned 4 boys, he mentioned what number of are you within the household? I mentioned I’m the one son. He now talked to one in all them, he mentioned they need to not kill me, he’s the one son, his kids will undergo, they’re nonetheless tender, that what they’ll do now’s to injure me, they’ll end my legs in order that I won’t be able to stroll once more. That was once they advised me to lie down, that was once they completed these legs, they continued till they had been happy the bones had been crushed.”
He mentioned from there he was once more blindfolded and dumped at an unknown location from the place he was rescued the next day.
Additionally, addressing journalists in Enugu on the event, the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Celebration, PDP, Barr. Silas Joseph Onu urged the nationwide management of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to name Governor David Umahi of the State to order.
He equally claimed that the commissioner of Police within the State was doing the bidding of the Governor to the detriment of the residents of the State.
“Whoever criticizes the Governor is seen to be making insults on the Governor and the individual have to be crushed, that’s the scenario in Ebonyi and the police is just not serving to issues, even for those who report back to them, nothing is finished to research your claims.
The present CP is just not dwelling as much as expectations not like the previous one. He ought to be eliminated for the sake of security and safety of Ebonyi folks,” the PDP spokesman additional claimed.
Nonetheless, reacting to the allegations, the Ebonyi State Authorities mentioned the claims by Amos had been tissues of falsehood and irresponsible.
The Authorities’s response got here from the commissioner for info, Hon. Uchenna Orji.
He advised the media that, “all of the allegations resembling it’s, is tantamount to an entire fabrication, completely irresponsible, with out basis and cleverly wobbled to blackmail Ebonyi State Authorities.
“Amos Ogbonna as he referred to as himself was a coordinator who was relieved of his duties even earlier than the 2019 election for need of efficiency alongside a number of coordinators. They’re working beneath the conduit established by the PDP, duly funded and naturally funds voted for him to go spherical media homes to blackmail Ebonyi State Authorities.
“Fortuitously, his mission has hit the rocks, as a result of the reality is evident, our performing Governor is a person of precept whose imaginative and prescient and mission when he got here on board is basically what’s bringing the transformation we’re experiencing.
“So, his allegations that he was kidnapped, humorous sufficient he’s a lawyer, we’ve made our place identified in an announcement signed by my humble self. His Co travellers, his co political travellers, we guarantee them that the Ebonyi State Authorities is undaunted to make sure the security and safety of our folks.”
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