A former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, has recounted how he escaped his near-death experience on Monday.
Recall the one-term governor’s convoy was attacked by gunmen at Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state, killing four policemen on duty.
He said they were driving between Isiala Mbano and Ehime Mbano when the motorcade was ambushed at Umualumaku.
According to Ohakim, his life was saved by the bulletproof car he rode in, which repelled the attacks by the gunmen.
The former governor said they were targeted from behind with a barrage of shots.
“I thought I was a dead man, and I was with two of my children – son and daughter.
“What saved me was the bulletproof vehicle. That I am alive today is by the special grace of God,” he said.
Ohakim said the attackers pursued and continued firing at the tyres, which are run-flat types.
“You can continue driving even after a puncture. If they were ordinary tyres, they would have cornered and finished us,” he added.
Ohakim confirmed the death of the four security personnel and the driver of their vehicle.
The politician said he was devastated by the murder.
“The driver who manifested tremendous level of driving skill kept manoeuvring until he lost them at a junction when he went right and not knowing where we had gone, they headed the other direction on the road to Umuahia.
“We then turned and went back to my house. We were there when Imo Government House sent reinforcement from Owerri who brought the corpses of my security people.
“This goes beyond the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), I must say. These are professionals, well-trained. They are not ordinary people. They were driving a blue colour BMW 5-series car, brand new. They came to kill me.”