A man has recounted his encounter with the dreaded unknown gun men in Mbosi, Ihiala LGA, Anambra State. He had left PH on Thursday, February 17, 2022 to my village, Ukwulu, Dunukofia LGA, Anambra State for the burial and funeral ceremony of my late cousin.
He was travelling alongside his cousin and they encountered a lot of security check point On their way from PH. According to him, At Okija, they spent substantial amount of time to cross a Police Check point.
He said, “I had left PH on Thursday, February 17, 2022 to my village, Ukwulu, Dunukofia LGA, Anambra State for the burial and funeral ceremony of my late cousin. On our way from PH, the number of Security Check points were unnecessarily too many.”
“At Okija, we spent substantial amount of time to cross a Police Check point. When I got to the exact point of check, I mentioned to the officer to release the line because the distance had stretched too far, and he said “Yes Sir”.”
“I was travelling with my cousin, and I told him that the point of the security check point is wrong. Vehicles coming from the Onitsha lane had stretched over 500m, across a bridge and downhill. It was an accident waiting to happen.”
We finished the burial activities on Friday Feb 18, 2022 and stayed for better part of Saturday before we set out to return to PH. When we approached Okija, we saw long lines of vehicles; we expected that based on the experience of previous two days, but the story was different.”
“We were told that an articulated vehicle (Trailer) had lost control on descending that hill the previous day and had crushed many people. In that chaos, motorists began to be unruly and the police unleashed teargas to enable them escape.”
“They escaped but the people refused to disperse. All the articulated vehicles (trailer) decided to block the road in protest of police maltreatment.”
That was how we joined other motorists to divert & ride through Nnewi, Ukpor and Orsumoghu. As we climbed the road breaker to enter Mbosi town in Ihiala LGA, my cousin spotted a white Hilux pulling out from the side of the road. As I watched from my rear view mirror, it was unmistakable that we were the prey.”
They were driving so fast to catch up with me. By the way, I was driving a Toyota Tundra truck. I sped up immediately and what would turn out like a James Bond movie ensued. For almost a kilometre, we’re jumping all the road bumps, I in the lead & speeding like hell.”
“After about a kilometre, they started shooting at us. I wasn’t deterred, and just continued to drive. They eventually hit one of my rear tyre, but I didn’t stop. The entire road was littered with abandoned vehicles, and there were pandemonium everywhere.”
“And then God showed me mercy, God showed up for me! At the point when my vehicle was barely moving, they stopped, turned around and left. I managed another 200m before I drove into a mechanic workshop, jumped out with my cousin and ran.”
“Everybody started running and another pandemonium ensued. Long story short, after about 30mins, we surveyed the area and managed to get some Good Samaritans to change our tyre & proceeded on our journey to PH.”
“Please join me in thanking God for His kindness, Love, Mercy and Protection. I didn’t know what I did for God to warrant such love and mercy. Please be careful if you MUST travel through Ihiala. The locals told us that they now live in fear, and that some towns around Ihiala and Orlu in Imo State has been totally occupied by these guys. May the name of the Lord be praised always. – Ossy Adubasim