Ikuru denies abducting former aide
RIVERS State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru, has denied allegations of attempted abduction and assassination leveled against him by his former media aide, Godswill Jumbo. Ikuru who spoke through his acting Chief Press Secretary, Ednah Alete, claimed that the allegation is unfounded, untrue, misleading and considered as an attempt to malign his character and image through the media.
He called on law enforcement agencies to unravel the truth behind Jumbo’s claims. On Sunday Jumbo alleged that the Deputy Governor had ordered his abduction and masterminded plan for him to be murdered. The Deputy-Governor claimed that Jumbo was involved in unethical practices that led to his dismissal.
“Following his dismissal from office on March 14th, 2015, the Permanent Secretary in the office of the Deputy-Governor called Mr. Jumbo to return all official properties in his possession (car, laptop and office keys etc) which he refused to do.
“The Chief Detail to the Deputy-Governor also sent him several messages asking him to return the said items, all to no avail. His Excellency Engr. Tele Ikuru had to personally call Mr. Jumbo twice to return the properties to enable him conclude his inventory to the in-coming administration.
“As usual Mr. Jumbo ignored him. In the face of these unwarranted behaviors His Excellency had no choice than to report the matter to the police.
Although he eloped on six occasions, he was finally arrested on Friday May 8, 2015”, he said. Jumbo had claimed that at about 10. 00pm on Friday, some persons led by the Chief Security Detail to the Deputy- Governor, stormed his residence, somewhere in Rumuigbo area of Port Harcourt, and unleashed mayhem on him and his family.
He said the security operatives barged into his house, dragged him out in his underpants and descended on him with blows, guns and other dangerous weapons.
While this was going on, others ransacked his house searching for undisclosed items and when they finished they dumped him in the trunk of their car and drove off into the night at about 10.30pm. According to Jumbo, they took him to an unknown forest where they brought him out marched him into the bush and were about to execute him before some disagreement ensued amongst them as some opted out of the assassination plan instead insisting that he should be handed over to the Police on trumped up charges.
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