NSCDC Opens up on Killing at Umuokoro, Abia State

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The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Akwa Ibom State Command, Samuel Fadeyi, has opened up on the shooting incidence by Inspector Robinson Otobong of NSCDC, Akwa Ibom Command on September 8th, 2020, which resulted to one death in Abia State.

 Fadeyi stated in strong terms that an attack was launched on Ikot Ekpene-Aba road by Obingwa Local Government, Abia State against the NSCDC Inspector, Robinson Otobong, two Chinese expatriates from CGGC Global Projects Nigeria Limited, and their driver, Abdullahi Abubakar, by hoodlums. This attack, he said, ended in the death of one of the hoodlums, Onyekachi Wogu.

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The State Commandant disclosed this yesterday at a media parley in Uyo.

Contrary to the foregoing, it could be remembered that in a statement issued by the Abia State Government on Wednesday, 9th September, it was alleged that the unfortunate killing of one of the hoodlums and leader who led the attack, Onyekachi Wogu, occured in front of his compound in Abia State.

Fadeyi explained the sinister plot unfolded at 4:30pm on Tuesday when the NSCDC officer attached as security detail to CGGC which is reconstructing the Akwa Ibom link road to Aba;  the two expatriates alongside their driver were in transit to Ikot Ekpene from Aba. He said the quartet were precisely on Ikot Ekpene-Aba road, Umuokoro village, Obingwa LGA at the time of the attack.

 The hoodlums, who had already barricaded the good portion of the road where the quartet accessed, went hammer and tongs on sighting the expatriates in the vehicle, according to the State Commandant.

Fadeyi said the hoodlums laid their hands on weapons such as shovels, matchet and sticks already on ground to disarm the NSCDC official who had earlier assumed the persons to be community youths and therefore alighted from the vehicle to talk to them and clear the barricade. The disarmament of the officer, it is learnt, was fiercely initiated by the hoodlums in order to get at the contractors of CGGC.

Sensing danger of harm to himself and  abduction of his boss, it is further learnt, Robinson fired the first shot into the air to disperse the hoodlums. The hoodlums were undettered by the shot, worsening the situation of things.  The attack got to climax when the leader of the mob who grabbed the open end of the gun was shot as the second bullet was released during an ensuing struggle.

“It was in the ensuing struggle that a second shot was fired and the leader of the mob was shot. At the time, the driver who had seen the hostility and heard the gunshots, had maneuvered the Hilux to Officer Robinson to leave the scene with their foreign principals,” Fedeyi explained.

However, as of the time the hoodlum was shot, his veins were still kicking. In a bid to save him,  Robinson who was moved with compassion, according to Fadeyi,  picked up the hoodlum into the Hilux and sped off to a nearby hospital.

“At one of the border checkpoints manned by the millitary, they explained to the soldiers who directed them to a nearby hospital, accompanying them for safety. Mr Onyekachi Wogu was pronounced dead on arrival unfortunately.

“While these medical diagnostics was going on, the hoodlums had regrouped and stormed the hospital having learnt that Officer Robinson was still in the territory. The military had rescued the expatriates. The few on ground could not save my officer from being beaten and matchetted. The expatriates Hilux vehicle was burnt right there in the hospital,” the State Commandant said.

Information has it that it took reinforcement of military and police to rescue Robinson, who until recently was in a critical condition from the wounds sustained.

While raising concerns on the widely known notoriety of the area and history of violence on security personnel,  the NSCDC boss advised well meaning citizens of the area to call the youths to order so development can come to the area.

He sympathized with the family of the deceased, assuring of his visit when tension in the area eases.

*Reason for attack unknown—-CGGC driver, Abubakar

Narrating his side of the story to this reporter at CGGC site, the Hilux driver, Abdullahi Abubakar, confirmed the incidence took place on Ikot Ekpene-Aba road and there were no houses nearby but bushes covered both sides of the road.

He said they never understood the reason for the attack because on theirs, they didn’t do anything bad to them.