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Olu Ernest Ndukwe, an Ebonyi State businessman is currently bemoaning the losses inflicted on his business by some youths in Ikwo local government of the state who have also threatened to eliminate him.

Consequently, Ndukwe, has cried out to the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi, Awosola Awotunde, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi and other relevant agencies to come to his rescue immediately as the youths and their sponsors now want to kill him and take over his business.

Ndukwe is the chief executive officer of Olu and sons Enterprises, a firm that majors in the business of granite, chippings and trucks.

He told journalists that his ordeal started on June 14, 2019. “I was in my office around after 4 pm; a group of boys came to my garage with all manner of weapons and chased away my workers. They took N500, 000, tyres and other valuable things from my office.

He gave the names of his attackers as Mr. Albert Umeh Okorie, Innocent Chukwu, Augustine Eke Ajah, Solomon Ogbonnaya (a.k.a OTENKWU), Emenike Ajah, Ebere Ajah and Ezeogwu (a.k.a AA).

“After the attack, when they pushed me out of office, I hid somewhere where I took pictures of them brandishing their weapons. I called the D.P.O, in charge of Ivo Divisional Police Station, Ebonyi State, Gabriel Urom and informed him of what happened and the need to arrest the perpetrators. He told me that the people also destroyed his own Hilux while they were having problems somewhere,” he said.

According to him, no arrest has been made.  “Then two days later, Sunday, June 16, I was on my way to church when I sighted from a distance this same group of boys and others with all manner of weapons; guns, machetes, chain, axe and other things pointing towards my church and where I used to park my car.

“On sensing danger, I went back to the house. About after 11 am, that same Sunday morning, they went into the church, the Assemblies of God Church, Amaokwe, in Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area. So they came searching for me inside the church during the worship session. My family was in church at the time.

“It was when my Pastor confronted them that they told him that they must kill me.  The Pastor quickly called the D.P.O, who also sent a van with a team of Policemen. The Police came and met with the people within the church premises instead of arresting them, the Police just asked them to leave the church,” he said.

He said “then I now called the D.P.O, who came to my hiding place and took me to the station where I made entry that Sunday. After making entry, the D.P.O assured me that he is going to arrest them. I also gave their pictures.”

Ndukwe alleged that Urom knows them very well but has consistently shown unwillingness to arrest them.

“So, by 3:30 that same Sunday, they came back to my garage, because the first one they destroyed 3 trucks after stealing my money. So on that Sunday when they came, they chased away both the security and other staff. They came with all manner of weapons and destroyed 6 more trucks included the newly acquired trucks and windscreen.

He said even after making entry of threat to his life, nothing was done to apprehend his attackers.

He lamented that his attackers have continued to trail him, alleging that they kidnapped one of his drivers and mandated him to disguise and call to find out his location.  “Luckily I have left for Enugu that night and told the driver that I was not within.

Ndukwe said that he later had access to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, who took actions that led to the arrest of 5 persons out of which two were not part of those that destroyed his vehicles.

On the reason behind his ordeal, Ndukwe said he could not relate it to anything apart from unnecessary envy by the young men, who he said are from Okwe whereas he is from Amaokwe in the same Ishiagu, Ivo LGA.

He said that he does business with a quarry company (names withheld) while some of the youths have been approaching a new company and these people have been fighting for these companies to include them among the land owners that will also be benefitting from the sites.

“My greatest fear now is that they have threatened to kill me before the end of next week, that somebody has assured them that they would say it is a riot and that nothing would happen as the police wouldn’t do anything.”

Efforts to reach the State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for his comments proved abortive.

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