From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
A community leader in Uzinaumu autonomous community in Mgbidi, Oru West Council of Imo State, Prince Okikajekwu Teddy Onunaku, has cried out that he and his family are now homeless after some persons had set his family home ablaze.
Prince Onunaku, who is accusing one Collins Ezenwa Ilo as the instigator of the arson, called on the police commissioner to save him and his family members as their lives are no longer safe.
The distraught community leader and a gravel dredger said that his entire family has been rendered homeless following the incident.
Prince Onunaku, who spoke to Daily Sun on Wednesday, disclosed that on Saturday, July 30, 2020, at about 10 pm, he had heard a gunshot and he and his wife had thought that it came from the security guards of Mrs Tina Onunaku, wife of his late elder brother, as they do every night.
He further disclosed that it was later in the morning on his way out that he saw a Blue Siena Car with masked armed men but that he had to hurriedly turn back when they called on him, not knowing who they actually were given the intractable insecurity in the entire Orlu zone.
According to him, “on 30th of July, 2022 being Saturday around 10 Pm I heard the sound of the gun, which I with my wife believed was from the security guards of Mrs Tina Onunaku as usual because her security guards always shoot into the air every night. But In the morning on my way out on getting to our Primary School Extension St. Peter at Ndiuhu, I saw a parked blue Siena car with some armed masked men who suspected not police officers they were that dressed.”
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Narrating further he said: “When they called me to come, had I turn back and ran away because of what happened in the entire Orlu zone right now but they followed me immediately thinking that I went back to my house, but on reaching my house they met only my wife, who and at gunpoint asking her where I am, she told them that I am not around the enter inside my house ad search all the rooms they did not see me.
According to my wife after about ten minutes they left, they came back again with one Collins Ezenwa Ilo and searched the whole compound again with these masked gunmen.
He added: “In fact, I had to run away when I noticed that those men were the same persons who had come to my house at night two months ago to look for me and had also traced me to the beach where I excavate gravels but in each occasion, I was able to evade them.”
He disclosed that already his two other siblings Benjamin and Sylvanus have been arrested by the police who were brought by Collins Nzenwa who is not even from my community but from Umuorji village who said had no connection with the death of Tina Onunaku.
Onunaku maintained that when he and his family members abandoned his house because of the threat to their lives that his house was burnt down on Monday. He appealed to the security agencies and especially the police to investigate Collins Nzenwa Ilo over his alleged connection to Unknown gunmen operating in the Oru West.
“This is to inform the government of Imo State and the security agencies that my life and that of my family members are now in the hands of Collins Ezenwa Ilo and others,” he alleges.