Senator Rochas Okorocha has explained how he survived an assassination attempt over the weekend. Our correspondent reports that one of the policemen on Okorocha’s convoy was killed during the attack.
The incident occurred at Ihube community on the Okigwe-Enugu expressway.
Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, said the slain police officer was deployed by the state Government House to take him to the burial ceremony of the mother of the immediate past governor of the state, Chief Emeka Ihedioha.
Okorocha, speaking on Sunday at Amaimo in Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state at the birthday anniversary celebration of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the November 11 governorship election in Imo State, Samuel Anyanwu, said the killing of the police officer was ‘unfortunate’.
He said he was returning from Enugu after attending the burial of the wife of a former Senate president, Chief Ken Nnamani, when his convoy was attacked.
Okorocha said that the governor of Enugu state, Mr Peter Mbah, released vehicles and security men to take him and his team to Imo State for the burial ceremony of Ihedioha’s mother.
According to him, the incident occurred after he had been dropped at his Spilbat mansion in Owerri and was heading back to Enugu. He regretted that he was safe while in Enugu but was attacked in his own state.
In his words, “I am angry. I am very angry. I am angry because I spent two days in Enugu and nothing happened to me but it is in my own state that the convoy released to me by the governor of Enugu State to attend the burial ceremony of Ihedioha’s mother at Mbaise that was attacked and one policeman killed.
“What is happening in Imo State makes me angry. Many people who are running to govern Imo State are not capable but I have seen one man whom the cap fits. When it is time, I will speak.”
An aide of the former governor said the vehicles on the convoy, which comprised a Sports Utility Vehicle, a bus, and Hilux were riddled with bullets.
He said two other security agents were kidnapped by the attackers and were released on the same day.