An investigative journalist based mostly in Delta state, Prince Amour Udemude, has stated he narrowly escaped an assault by a gaggle of individuals suspected to be thugs and allegedly loyal to a former minority chief within the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor.
Ogor can also be the member representing Isoko federal constituency within the National Assembly.
According to Odemude, the thugs, led by one Goddey Igorigo, recognized as a former political aide to Ogor, accosted him on Monday at Oleh, headquarters of Isoko South Local Government Area of the state.
Udemude had final month raised the alarm over alleged threats to his life by one Jay Ogor, recognized as a youthful brother of the lawmaker.
Igorigo is the Special Assistant (SA) to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Youths and Community Development and likewise an ally of Jay Ogor.
The journalist alleged that on sighting him on the residence of a member representing Isoko South constituency 1 within the state House of Assembly, Kenneth Ogba, who died on Sunday at Oleh, Igorigo mobilised some armed males to the place.
According to the correspondent, the boys had been about 15.
Narrating what occurred, Udemude stated, “I went to the residence of the late lawmaker, Kenneth Ogba in Oleh to cover the condolence visit by the state House of Assembly delegation, led by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori. I saw Goddey Igorigo, identified as a former political aide to the former minority leader in the House of Representatives and member representing Isoko federal constituency in the National Assembly, Leo Ogor.
“Shortly after, I seen that Igorigo was making calls and I started to see some unhealthy guys usually used to trigger hassle throughout elections coming in. I noticed him pointing at me whereas addressing these guys he had invited to the premises to assault me. Among the blokes, some cult members had been additionally recognized and unknowingly to me they’d gone to put ambush for me. After some time, I noticed them advancing in direction of me, some with harmful weapons.
“At this point, the attention of the immediate past council chairman of Isoko South and former chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Delta state chapter, Constantine Ikpokpo was drawn to what was going on. He called the leader of the thugs, Igorigo, and warned him against attacking a journalist carrying out his lawful duties.
“I overheard the previous political aide to Ogor saying he, his boss, Leo Ogor and Jay Ogor had scores to settle with me and that he would use his cult members to deal mercilessly with me. He additionally stated for at all times exposing the Ogors within the media, I should be handled and that when he was performed with me, I might stop to be a journalist. He stated he had the backing of the federal lawmaker and his youthful brother, Jay Ogor, who had threatened my life final month.
“As the immediate past council chairman was admonishing Igorigo and the thugs he brought to attack me, I managed to escape. As I was escaping, one of the thugs was saying they would continue to track me until I am silenced forever. I want the general public to know that should anything happen to me or any member of my family, the federal lawmaker, Leo Ogor, his younger brother, Jay Ogor and his former aide, Igorigo should be held responsible.”