By Vincent Ujumadu – Awka
IT was a harrowing expertise for a driver with Vanguard Newspapers, Mr Lawrence Ofiong, as some hoodlums who allegedly attacked some police stations in Anambra State pressured him to hold their two useless colleagues to a mortuary situated in a distant village within the state the place the useless our bodies had been deposited.
Offiong had delivered the weekend newspapers for the states within the South-South geopolitical zone and was heading again to Asaba, Delta State when he got here in touch with a bunch of boys at Oraifite in Ekwusigo native authorities space alongside the Owerri-Onitsha expressway in Anambra State.
Narrating his ordeal to Vanguard, Offiong stated it was a horrible expertise for him, including that it was by the grace of God that he got here out alive to inform the story after his encounter with the hoodlums.
On the day of the incident, some hoodlums protesting within the guise of #endSARS had attacked 5 police stations in elements of Anambra South senatorial zone and killed the Divisional Police Officer for Osumenyi in Nnewi South native authorities space and one other police officer within the station.
Police stated six of the hoodlums had been arrested and would face the total weight of the regulation for burning down police stations.
Offiong, who should have are available contact with among the hoodlums stated: “As I used to be driving again to Asaba after supply of papers within the South-South, I met some boys at Oraifite Police Station in Anambra State and although it was the traditional #EndSARS protest as a result of I had handed about two of such teams at Okija and Ozubulu. They stopped me and stated I ought to give them one thing so I might move and I did and so they allowed me to move.
“After I met this third group, I assumed it was going to be just like the earlier teams I handed. However as I approached them, one in every of them jumped in entrance of the car and demanded to know who I used to be. One other one used the machete he was holding to hit on the automobile bonnet, whereas one other one hit the windscreen. They broke the entrance and the rear screens of my automobile.
“They dragged me out of the automobile and hit me with the machete, however as God would have it, the machete didn’t penetrate.
“They threatened to kill me as a result of they claimed the police simply killed two of their colleagues. A lot of them wore charms and one in every of them who wore a tortoise on his neck rushed to those harassing me and ordered them to not hurt me as a result of I didn’t commit any offence.
“One other one requested me to establish myself and I instructed them I’m a driver with Vanguard newspapers and that I’m a youth like them. Although the opinion of a few of them was that I needs to be allowed to go, one in every of them ordered that I ought to use my car to hold their useless colleagues who had been killed by the police.
“They put the 2 useless our bodies in my automobile and three of them jumped in and ordered me to be following one other car in entrance. The one sitting in entrance of my automobile was the particular person directing the place we had been going to, whereas one Keke, tricycle, crammed with the boys had been following me behind.
“Initially I assumed they had been going to a hospital, however they directed me to a distant space very removed from the expressway. As we entered one constructing which turned out to be a mortuary, they closed the gate behind me and introduced down the corpses.
“I then requested for water to scrub the heavy bloodstains in my automobile, however one in every of them requested me to drive out of the place as a result of it was harmful for me to stick with them for a very long time. As I drove slightly distance, I knew it was a chance for me to go away the place and I zoomed off till I got here out of the Onitsha –Owerri expressway once more after which headed to Asaba. I thank God that I’m alive to relate this story.”