January 3, 2023
Ikedi Ohakim, a former governor of Imo State, described how he almost missed death during his Monday encounter with gunmen.
Ohakim described his adventure, claiming that his bulletproof car and his driver, who used his skills to his advantage, protected him and his children from the assassin guns.
Between Isiala Mbano and Ehime Mbano, we were travelling. We were stopped by these individuals in Umualumaku.
“They ambushed us from behind and kept opening fire on our cars. When I saw my son and daughter, I initially believed I had passed away.
“The armoured car was what kept me alive. It is only through God’s unique mercy and my bulletproof car that I am still alive today.
“But unfortunately for me they killed four of our boys, including the driver. Yes, we lost four of the boys and I am devastated. How can that be? What crime did they commit?,” Ohakim told The NICHE during a telephone interview on Monday night.
He added, “They pursued us and continued firing at our tyres. Luckily, the vehicle has what is called run-flat tyres on which you can continue driving even after a puncture. So, even when they shot at the tyres hoping to immobilise us, the vehicle continued moving. If they were ordinary tyres and the vehicle had stopped, they would cornered and finished us.
“But the tyres held on until we got back home. We drove for about 20 minutes before we got home. That was the saving grace.”
“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.
“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.”