By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” LESS than 72 hours after the gruesome murder of the judicial correspondent of the Nation Newspaper, Mr. Edo Ugbagwu, in Lagos by unknown gunmen, one of the Vanguardâ€™s correspondents in Edo State, Mr. Simon Ebegbulum, narrowly escaped death Monday night.
He rammed his car into the gate of a building while trying to escape from a car suspected to have been trailing him.
The incident is coming seven months after he escaped from hoodlums who raided his house and carted away money and other valuables.
When Vanguard visited the scene of the accident, yesterday, it observed that the bonnet of the Honda car was badly damaged, while Ebegbulem sustained head injuries and was expected to undergo scanning yesterday to know the extent of the head injuries.
Narrating his ordeal to his fellow journalists who went to commiserate with him over the accident, Ebegbulem said he left the office along Aruosa Street at about 8.30p.m. on Monday and then noticed a vehicle trailing him right from Sapele road down to Adesuwa in GRA and then to Ugbor road where he lives.
He said:Â â€œI noticed the vehicle behind me immediately I left my office. Initially, I thought it was just any other vehicle on the road but I became curious when I noticed that the same vehicle was behind me through to Sapele road, down to Adesuwa and all the other routes I took to cut off the bad spots.
â€œWhen I came out at Ugbor road, I noticed the vehicle was still trailing me. I increased my speed and quickly entered Patrick Ehimen as a decoy and in the process, I lost control and hit the gate of the building and the impact on the car forced the car into reverse,Â taking me back to where I was coming from.
…of airbags, politics
â€œBut for the airbags, because I noticed something like foam pushed me back to my seat when I hit the gate, I would have sustained more injuries.
â€œI was treated and discharged later that night but I have to go back today for x-ray to know the extent of injury on my head.â€
The development has created fears in the minds of many journalists covering the politically volatile state, as they now fear for their lives.