The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Chief Eze Madumere, has alleged a plot against his life by the Owelle Rochas Okorocha-led administration.
Madumere disclosed this in reaction to the withdrawal, on the orders of the governor, of 12 staff attached to the Deputy Governor’s office.
According to a memo, HSI/S.29/S.1/T.3/807, dated October 23, 2018 and signed by one Umelo K.O on behalf of the Head of Service, Mr. Calistus Ekenze, eight out of the 12 members of staff posted out of the deputy governor’s office were operational staff and drivers, while the rest are administrative staff, including a senior staff on Data Processing, Vanguard reported.
The deputy governor said that the latest action, when viewed alongside the refusal of the State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galandachi to restore his security since a court quelled his impeachment in September, was a clear attempt to endanger his life.
In a Sunday statement through his media aide, Mr. Uche Onwuchekwa, the deputy governor added there has been gross disregard for his office since Justice Benjamin C. Iheka of Imo State High Court restored him to office.
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The statement read in part, “We also recall how some members of the domestic staff of the Deputy Governor were approached to be used as agents of death to poison the Deputy Governor.
“Therefore, the Office of the Deputy Governor regrets the tyrannical model of governance approach of the government even in a democracy, where people’s opinion or freedom of speech, association and other fundamental rights are not respected.
“We wish to state categorically that the sudden posting of the operational staff of the Office of the Deputy Governor is a careful plot to compromise the security of Prince Eze Madumere.
We therefore view the actions and inactions of the government of Imo State, as wholly suspicious and a well-known old preparatory gimmicks before high profile heinous crimes like assassinations are committed.”