By IBE NWACHUKWU:
A middle aged businessman based in Onitsha, Anambra state, Chief Anthony Onyia yesterday narrated how he narrowly escaped what he termed as an assassination attempt on his life by some assassins suspected to have been hired by one of his business rivals whom he identified as Samson Ifediba.
According to Onyia in a strongly worded petition to Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP, Mustapha Dandaura, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Onitsha, yesterday, the assassins gave him a hot chase from Amansea town along Enugu/Onitsha expressway at about 8 a.m. as he was returning to Onitsha from his village in Enugu state on Monday, May 6, this year.
In the two-page six-paragraph petition dated May 14, 2019 and entitled: “Threat to life, kidnap attempt, ambush laying and criminal trailing of movement on me, my family members and business associates”, personally signed by himself, Onyia noted that it only took the intervention of God and some security personnel attached to Stanel Petrol Station, Awka where he ran into for safety, to scare the suspected assassins.
According to the petitioner, “I am constrained to draw your attention to to the evil plans of Messrs Samson Ifediba, Jason Nwozor, Cletus Onah, Sunday Nwozor and others to cause harm on me by all means possible and remove me and members of my family out of circulation”.
“My prominent role in protecting my business and that of my suppliers from Germany (Andreas Stihl AG & Co.) in Nigeria in a lawful manner is not only an assignment but a duty which remains sacrosanct and the threat of kidnap and ambush laying will not intimidate me and my associates out of the issues of our interest, to pave the way for the swindlers”.
“On ednesday, May 9, this year, while I was in my office at Portharcourt Road, Fegge, Onitsha, there was this unholy movement and monitoring by unknown persons around my office block, all targeted at eliminating me by Samson Ifediba and his men of the underworld”.
“There have been uncountable numbers of phone calls with coded numbers threatening fire and brimstone on my life, that I may not live to tell my story if I did not drop my latest idea of recovering my N75 million diverted by Samson Ifediba, Jason Nwozor, sunday Nwozor, Cletus Onah and others”.
“their subsequent criminal diversion of goods worth over N2 billion of my suppliers (C. Woerman Nig. Ltd., also my effort to recover goods worth over N100 million belonging to some innocent traders at Bridge-head market collected with fake court orders and diverted by the same group are the issues at hand”.
“I therefore call on the CP to order a full scale investigations into the above complaint and bring the culprits to book and save me, my associates and some innocent traders at the Bridge-head market from being eliminated by Samson Ifediba and his gang just to cover up the traces of their atrocities”.
However, in a swift reaction, legal counsel to Ifediba, Chibuike Nwabueze Esq., described the allegation as malicious and unsubstantiated, adding that it was the same Onyia that brought men of SCID, Panti, Lagos to Ifediba;s house about three weeks ago to arrest him on frivolous allegations that is again alleging assassination attempt against him.
Nwabueze noted that it was because of this same allegation that prompted the IGP to transfer the matter to IGP’s IRT office, Abuja, adding that Onyia would eventually come to the law courts to prove this faceless and malicious defamation of character against the person of Ifediba.