From PAUL OSUYI, Asaba
Chairman of Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah is still thanking her stars after miraculously surviving an attack by one her of security aides, simply identified as David who opened fire on her at close range.
Writhing in pains from her hospital bed in Asaba, the state capital, Mrs. Chukwurah expressed shock that her security aide would be the one to harm her.
According to her, she had just closed from a church thanksgiving service on the fateful day and was about entering her Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) when the security aide who was seated at the front turned and pointed his gun at her.
She said her assailant immediately opened fire on her, firing severally before other security aides rushed at him and seized the gun, while sympathisers who came to her rescue rushed her to the hospital.
The council boss who was recently recalled from suspension by the state House of Assembly, stated that the bullets hit her at the stomach, hand and thighs, adding that 22 pellets were recovered immediately.
Open his arrest, Mrs. Chukwurah stated that the suspected assailant confessed that he was hearing strange voices to shoot as if he was under some sorts of spiritual influence.
“My orderly just opened the door for me to enter the vehicle while the policeman sitting in the in the front seat turned and face me with his gun.
“The next thing I saw was fire all over me, as he shot at me consistently. I was lucky the bullet did not open my stomach. I was hit in other parts. It was God who saved my life,” she narrated on phone.
Contact on phone, Public Relations Officer of the state police command, DSP Celestina Kalu did not pick her calls but a source within the command’s headquarter confirmed the incident yesterday, saying that the suspect has been arrested and was under going investigation.
Saturday Sun recalls that the council chairman was suspended in March, this year by the state House of Assembly following a petition signed by 12 out of 15 councillors, accusing her of misappropriation of funds among other offenses. She was recalled two weeks ago.