Southern, Middle Belt Leaders Suspect Foul Play in Attack on Nwodo’s Residence


• Uba condemns explosion
Shola Oyeyipo
The bomb explosion that rocked the Ukehe country home of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, around 5:30a.m. last Sunday, has been suspected as a targeted terror attack.

In a statement on behalf of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, the spokesperson, pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, described the incident as a “terror attack.”
According to him, the forum had received the initial reports on the attack on Nwodo’s household when they were getting ready for the early morning mass, saying emerging facts pointed to an attack.

“What has been described as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was said to have been hurled over the fence into the compound causing damage to the windows, the ceiling of  one of the houses in the compound and air conditioning units. We thank God for Nwodo that he did not suffer any loss of life in this terror attack.”

He said further that “Five days before this ungodly attack, Nwodo was the spokesman of Southern and Middle Belt Forum Leaders at a press conference in Abuja where we bemoaned the harassments that Gen T.Y Danjuma and his community  have been subjected to over his call for Nigerians to defend themselves against attacks from terror herdsmen whom he alleged have collusion from security forces and operating unhinged and the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum therefore backed the self-defence call as lawful and moral.

“This is why we are demanding a thorough investigation whose report will be made public into the terror attack on Nwodo’s home shortly after this press conference  so as to ascertain that there is no cause and effect in this incident.
“We are stiff worried at the intensification of terror in our land but will hold our breath until we have reports of the investigations.”
Meanwhile, the senator representing Anambra South senatorial district, Dr. Andy Uba, has condemned in strong term the explosion that rocked the country home of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia John Nwodo, at Ukehe in Enugu State.

The senator, who is the Chairman of Senate Committee, Interior, described the incident as a dastardly act.
He said the region is usually a peaceful one that must not be polluted with incidents of this nature.
He, however, sympathised with Nwodo and assured him that the good people of South-east and beyond were with him as he continues to advance the cause of the Igbos.
Uba urged the President-General to continue to discharge his duties without fear or favour.
He called on the security agencies to as a matter of urgency investigate the explosion at Nwodo’s residence, leaving no stone unturned.