The home of the immediate past Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim was yesterday reduced to rumbles after an explosion rocked the palatial residence located in the serene part of Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Receiving sympathizers who thronged the only home of the former Governor in the capital city, Ohakim who spoke amidst tears, lamented that he has been rendered homeless by the action of his perceived political opponents, “what it means now is that any time I have something to do in Owerri, I will be begging people for where to sleep in a state I once presided as Governor”.
Reliving the incident, the former Governor who wore a pensive look, narrated that, “at about 1.30 am my security men called that they heard a loud bang like an explosion followed by huge flame which immediately engulfed the house and they tried to put out the fire with water but not until the whole property and building was razed by fire.
“When I got here I met the rumbles of what used to be my home. I think what triggered their adrenalin was my intention to make a political statement on Saturday. I don’t know how they did it, they might have thrown in the explosive or whatever I don’t know but I will leave that for the security people to investigate. As you all are aware, this is my only house in Owerri even as a former Governor of the state and this was built before I became the Governor.
“You are also aware that as a former Governor I am entitled to a guest house but I was denied that by Governor Rochas Okorocha who even seized my personal properties including the ones belonging to my wife and children. I am worried about the way the opposition in the state is carrying on.
“When I was Governor of the State I did not assassinate any opposition member, neither did I harass anyone, I even took care of the opposition in the state but they have done this to intimidate me but I will go ahead and make my political statement as planned on Saturday, I will even make more statement than I had planned because I won’t be cowed by this incident”.