…Suspended Enugu monarch cries out
…says his life is in danger
The traditional ruler of Ihekwuenu Aku community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State has cried out over the invasion of his compound by security agents allegedly sent by Barrister Nnamdi Ezemagu in connivance with BBC Igbo journalist.
The incident which he said occurred on Wednesday, a day after his suspension by the state government traumatized his family as Barr Nnamdi Ezemagu has continued to harass and intimidate him and members of his family with the police and thugs for stopping his land grabbing activities in the community.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists after the invasion, the traditional ruler who was suspended by the state government to enable it investigate the alleged demolition of a building belonging to a visually impaired member of his community, revealed that one Michael who claimed to be working for BBC Igbo led the security operatives.
He said that the BBC Igbo reporter had put several calls and texts across to him requesting for an interview on the viral video. He was however shocked to discover that the reporter was the same journalist who had followed Barrister Nnamdi Ezemagu to cover a staged solidarity rally over his suspension. The same reporter was used by the Barrister and security operatives to track him and invade his house.
“At about 3pm Wednesday afternoon, I received a call from someone who identified himself as the BBC Igbo journalist informing me that he is at my Nsukka residence for the interview as we agreed.
“I opened the gate , and two out of five of them came in and others remained in the mini-bus they came with. On gaining entry and we were about to get them settled for the interview, they identified themselves as police officers from state CID in search of my two children.
“This is not the first time they are invading my home based on surreptitious allegations from Barrister Nnamdi Ezemagu who has vowed to make life hell for me for stopping his land grabbing activities in my community. “
The traditional ruler recalled that on 23/11/2020, gun wielding operatives sent by Barr. Nnamdi Ezemagu scaled his compound fence at night, laid siege for two hours to forcefully whisk him away but did not succeed.
Also on 2nd March 2019, the day of gubernatorial election, he alleged that Barrister Nnamdi Ezemagu invaded his country home with thugs and inflicted injuries on members of his family, a matter which is in court today after his several attempts to frustrate and kill the matter with one IPO in the same State CID, D1 section.
The traditional ruler had in his reaction to the viral video accused Barrister Nnamdi Ezemagu of dragging the visually impaired man into a land dispute he knew nothing about. Court documents made available to journalists show that it is actually the Ezemagu’s family that is contesting ownership of the land but only used the visually impaired man to gain public sympathy.
“The building in question is in a land where I have my house and the visually impaired man whom Nnamdi Ezemagu claims to be building for is not even from our kindred. He has his own compound elsewhere”.
The traditional ruler while calling on Enugu state government, security agencies and Nigeria Bar Association to check the activities of Barrister Ezemagu, regretted that his numerous petitions to the Enugu state government since 2017 on brewing crisis in his community fell on deaf ears.