By Gabriel Olawale
A Councillorship aspirant in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Chidi John Chinedu, is currently in the hiding following series of threats to life over his political ambition.
Chinedu, whose immediate family is said to have absconded from the country for fear of also being hurt, is also battling with his political opponents that had made good their threat to encroach into his family estate.
A close relative of Chinedu, Mr. Obranama Goru, disclosed that Councillorship aspirant was kidnapped in 2014 and later released after huge ransom was collected, adding that his wife had on several occasions been harassed by unidentified gunmen.
Goru said that the problem started in 2014 when Chinedu made his first attempt to contest as a lawmaker in his LGA, adding that the attack intensified in July 2017 after a second attempt was made.
He, however, fingered the high ranking persons in Ewulu Community (names withheld) to be among the sponsors of the series of attacks.
“Chinedu had been in intense battle over the ownership of his family estate. This includes landed property, a large expanse of land situated along Ewulu/Kwale Road in Ewulu junction, Delta State.
“The expanse of land is heavily cropped with economic trees in excess of 2000 stands of oil palm trees. We suspect that his assailants may have conspired to dispose our family of this landed and developed property.
“Issues took an alarming turn in 2014 when my cousin, Chidi John Chinedu, was preparing to contest as a Councillor of Ward 9A in Ewulu to represent the Community in the LGA. On August 5, 2014, he was kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen along the Ewulu Road but was released after three days upon collection of ransom and after inflicting bodily harms on him.
“Unknown to us, the entire thing was planned and allegedly executed by high ranking persons in the Community. Again, sometime in June 2017, they made another intrusion into our family land by uprooting some stands of economic trees (palm trees). At this time, he (Chinedu), has started preparing for another election as a Councillor.
Goru said Chinedu’s wife have had to abandon her plum job in Delta State to relocate abroad for safety.