The Nigerian Army and the Department of State Service, in the early hours of Tuesday, invaded the residence of a former functionary of the National Assembly and now Abia State Commissioner of Works, Eziuche Ubani, in Ovom town, in Aba.
Narrating this to newsmen in his house, Ubani said the combined team of the security agencies arrived his residence about 2 a.m. by scaling the fence and forced his gate open.
The men, who were more than 10, and led by a DSS operative from Abuja and arrived in more than 6 Toyota Hilux vans. He said that they held him up for more than four hours after breaking the doors to his boys’ quarter and dragged his driver to come and wake him up.
Happy that his family was not at home to face the embarrassment, Ubani said that even his wife’s vanity boxes, ceilings, water tanks and even safety tanks were not spared along tight search of his house and compound.
The search team, he said, had when he opened his doors shown him a search warrant from the DSS office stating that they were looking for arms and that he had, allegedly, been reported as training people to assassinate All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) chieftains, including the party’s guber candidate, Dr. Alex Otti and one Ahamdi Nweke.
Ubani said that having found nothing incriminating, the search team signed on a piece of paper that they did not see anything and left, having aroused the suspicion of neighbours that waited anxiously to see the outcome of the invasion.
He recalled that one Ahamdi Nweke, an APGA member had, earlier last Sunday, phoned him to allege a knowledge of training some people and arming them and a plot to assassinate him (Nweke) and Alex Otti.
This, he suspected, led to a meeting of Nweke and Otti in Abuja and subsequent invitation of the military and men of the DSS, describing the invasion as “a premeditated attempt” to eliminate him.
He wondered why state apparatus would be used to harass innocent people, stating that as a two-time member of the House of representative for Osisioma, Obingwa and Isiala Ngwa North, the operatives should have invited him for questioning and if not satisfied, proceed to search his residence.
Ubani said he would not be advising the federal government who allowed itself to be used to intimidate people, pointing out that Otti, who is from Arochukwu, was not supported by the Ukwa and Ngwa people during the election.
“He is not from here and was not supported by the Ukwa and Ngwa and has only Ahamdi Nweke and Damian Ozurumba as the only Ngwa people supporting him”, he said.
Ubani told journalists that he consult with his family and the people before taking any action, stating “it is for their sake that I am in politics”.
The State Commissioner for Information, Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha, described the invasion as condemnable, stating also that the state government demanded an apology for that.