HOW I WAS KIDNAPPED, ASSAULTED & BRUTALIZED, by Senator Hope Uzodinma and his Criminal Gang of armed uniform Policemen, DSS and hoodlums and their brazen committal of Electoral Violence and Fraud on the 25th of April, 2015 at Omuma Ward, Oru East LGA, Imo State during the Supplementary Gubernatorial /House of Assembly Election in Imo State.
I was posted to booth 013, Okwu-Ozuh Hall, Omuma Ward in Oru East LGA as APC Party Agent for the Gubernatorial & House of Assembly Supplementary election of 25th April, 2015. Just within minutes the accreditation started, about 11.30 am, Senator Hope Uzodinma arrived booth 013 in the company of one Hon. C. C. Osuala from Amaigbo in Nwangele LGA, Dr. Chidi Uzoma from Amaigbo in Nwangele LGA, Mr. Emeka Anyaehie from Nkwerre in Nkwerre LGA and accompanied by gang of armed uniformed policemen, DSS and HOODLUMS .
As he walked towards me, I got up to greet him, having known him before now but what I got was a stern order from him to leave that booth or regret forever what will befall me.
Before I could utter a word, his hefty Hoodlums about 15 in number descended on me and beat me blue and black. In the process, they stole my 2 telephone sets and Wrist Watch. I was kidnapped and dumped inside his official bus with 4 hefty men keeping watch over me while himself and his gang thumb printed all the ballot papers meant for the 4 voting units in booth 0 13 with registered voting strength of 2, 441, I supposed in favour of his party PDP.
This electoral fraud and violence lasted for about 40 minutes. Thereafter, himself ( in company of the men above mentioned in his Official Range Rover SUV and a Security Hilux with armed policemen and DSS providing official security cover for their criminal operation), and with myself and another APC Agent also kidnapped from booth 013 being kept inside his official bus with about 15 of his gang men in the bus were driven off to a destination unknown to me to murder me in cold blood . On our way, they ran into the Police Team in charge of the election being led by the AIG , the CP incharge of Anti Terrorism and the INEC REC Commissioner for Edo State, Mr. Mike Igini, who was on duty at Oru East LGA to supervise the election.
The Police Team ordered everybody in Senator Hope Uzodinma convoy to come down, thus we’re rescued by the Police Team. The police team was able to recover my wrist watch and one of my telephone sets from them. The INEC Ad Hoc Staffs that colluded with them in the electoral fraud were arrested with his men but himself, his Orderly, C.C. Osuala, Dr. Uzoma were surprisingly allowed to go.
NB: Upon my rescue, I was informed by Evang. Mike Ikoku that he was the one that put up a distress calls to Mr. Mike Igini and the Commissioner of Police, Imo State within minutes he learnt about my attack and Kidnapp. The AIG and CP, Anti Terrorism and their men responded swiftly, cordoned off the whole area and under stop and search, I was rescued from the hands of Senator Hope Uzodinma and his Criminal Gang. They were all arrested by the team but after about 30 minutes, Senator Hope Uzodinma was allowed to go by the Police team. The rest of his Criminal Gang including his Sister, the INEC Officials that colluded with them in the thumb printing of the ballot papers and the ballot boxes and the thumb printed papers were taken to Imo State Police Command Head quarters Owerri by the AIG police team and handed them over to the CP, Imo State and the DC, State CID for interrogated and detention.
I therefore plead that the DSS Authority, Police Authority, INEC, National Human Rights Commission and the Presidency should ensure without further delay that Senator Hope Uzodinma is re-arrested to face these heinous crimes of electoral fraud and violence, assault occasioning bodily injuries, kidnapping as the principal offender. This would serve as deterrent to his likes that abuse public office.
High Chief Barr. Rex Anunobi (SOKOM ).