Abia State Governor’s Son Says “I was Shocked Over the Killing of My Cousin”

Orji told Pointblanknews.com that disgruntled politicians from the state has cached on the painful and tragic incident to smear him and accuse him of murder.He said politicians who have been serially disgraced by the landmark achievements recorded by his father in the state are bent on eliminating members of his family and him as the main target.“Disgruntled politicians who have been stripped and exposed for what they are and who have been disgraced by the monumental achievements of the Ochendo Government wants to eliminate me and my family,” Orji told Pointblanknews.com.Some media reports had claimed that the Governor’s son ordered the killing of his cousin, over a disagreement.

In an interview with Pointblanknews.com, Orji disclosed that few months ago, he had sent a petition to the security agencies alerting them of threat to his life. He said, “this incident is a clear pointer that my life is in danger.”

According to him, “ I was in the car leaving the venue of the reception for his Excellency when I was informed that the Governor’s convoy was already ahead.

“While we were waiting, I heard a gun shot, I asked where the gun shot was coming from. It was then I was told John was on the floor. I saw him clutching to his chest and I immediately called Dr. Chukwu of the Federal Medical Center and others for help

“I nearly fainted seeing my cousin struggling for life but he was pronounced dead by the Doctors. He was killed from an unknown gun source
while leaving the venue at the end of a civic reception.

Tracing the family relationship, Orji said, “John and I are from the same hamlet, same family. After his Youth Service, my father gave him a job and I then asked him to join me and we have been together since then. We never had any argument. He was a very lively fellow

“How can I kill a family member, someone we have built from the scratch? He has a son and a pregnant wife.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the incident, saying three suspects had been taken into custody while investigation had commenced to establish the source and motive behind the shooting.

But the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Eze Chikamnayo, told journalists at a press conference yesterday that given the circumstances of the shooting, nothing could be ruled out, including assassination.

According to him, a policeman sent to disperse the surging crowd blocking the flow of vehicles initially fired two shots in the air but the third and fatal shot could not be traced. “There is nothing to rule out at this time. It could have been an assassination attempt,” he said, adding that the victim was shot from the back while he was about entering the vehicle. Chikamnayo stated that the governor’s son could have been the target of the gunshot considering the trajectory and the crowd of youths surging towards their idol, fondly known as Ikuku oma (Sweet breeze).

However, Orji said while the family continues to mourn and grief over the death of Ndubuka, the family will be willing to do all it takes to assist the police in unravelling the killers and the motives.

Culled from PointBlank News