ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”A MEMBER of Board of Trustee (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a chieftain of the party in Abia state, Prince Benjamin Apugo, yesterday raised alarm over alleged threat to his life. He is accusing the Abia state government of threatening him for criticizing the performance of the government in the areas of development and insecurity.
Apugo alleged that government threatened to deal with him using the state sponsored vigilante outfit, the Bakassi Boys. He also claimed to have on tape, the threat by one Charles Ogbonnaya, an aide toÂ Governor Theodore Orji.
His condemnation of the ban on commercial motorcycle (Okada) operation in the state without providing an alternative, a decision he said has subjected the people of the state to serious hardship, is another reason he said the state was after him.
He said he was not against the ban but that no provision was made for both the operators andÂ the commuters. He wondered why the government didnâ€™t bring in at least 200 Keke NAAPEB to Umuahia and Aba to ease the peopleâ€™s suffering occasioned by the ban.
He said his only crime against the government was that he challenged them to develop the state with the resources that accrue to it. He lamented that the state has no secretariat, no stadium and no market, among other infrastructures and wondered why the government would expected people not to speak out.
Apugo who said he is not worried by the said threat however, warned the government against using the Bakassi Boys against the people. He warned the government not to push the people to the wall, sayingÂ â€œthey will be forced to create more Bakassi Boys in the state and it will be very disastrousâ€.