January 31, 2018

Father laments harassment of exiled son over IPOB link

Father laments harassment of exiled son over IPOB link

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By Gabriel Olawale

Pa Joseph Chukwueme, father of a 49-year-old, Mr. Gregory Chukwueme, has lamented the harassment of his son by security agencies for being a member of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Chukwueme said plain clothes security agents had visited his residence in Asaba, capital of Delta State, twice between November last year and February of 2018 to find out the whereabouts of his son (Gregory), who has relocated out of Nigeria, after series of threats to life.

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The octogenarian, in an interview on Wednesday in Asaba, said that the son’s residence located at 24, Akunwa Okoye Street in the Nkpor area of Onitsha, Anambra State had been visited and ransacked by security agents prior to his sons exit out of the country.

While noting that his son and family have had to relocate out of Nigeria after the activities of IPOB got to its peak in 2017, Chukwueme urged security agencies to stop harassing him.

He said, “Some plain clothes security agents have visited my home twice in the last four months in search of my son who left the country sometime in 2017 as a result of his involvement in this IPOB movement. They ransacked everywhere including my home in Asaba and my son’s residence in Onitsha.

“This is one too many, especially after the Operation Python Dance was introduced by the Federal Government to fish out IPOB members last year and the recent declaration by a High Court declaring the group a terrorist group. I wish that they leave me son alone as my son is no longer here in Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, Gregory in a series of text messages to his father’s mobile phone, alleged that he was being trailed because he is believed to have some information on IPOB activities.

Gregory also alleged, in the text message, that his Lagos home had also been ransacked while properties worth thousands of naira had been destroyed.

“I have survived two attempts on my life in one year because of my political point of view and belief in the struggle of IPOB. They have threatened and subjected my family through untold trauma these past years,” he said.

When confronted on the harassment of Chukwueme, the state Police Public Relations Officer in charge of Delta Command, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, said he was not aware of the development.

Aniamaka, who promised to make inquiries, did not call back as at the time of filing this report.