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Ex-Dora Akunyili’s aide manhandled by soldiers in Abuja

By Odimegwu Onwumere
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Information reaching us now is that all may not be well with Mrs. Mary Ikoku from Arochukwu who was Special Assistant to Professor Dora Akunyili until her death.

It was revealed that Ikoku who was to catch up with her flight today (20/12/2014) by 11am was manhandled by some security personnel, while driving in her car with her driver along Bill Clinton Drive, Abuja, close to the airport toll gate, at exactly 9.30am.

According to the information she placed on her Facebook wall: “I just received a shocker. My driver was stopped, and I had just got off the phone with my DG and received another call from a friend, Jonathan Madu.

“All of a sudden, in a rather scary and loud voice, the military man asked the driver to wind down the window of the back seat where I am seated. The driver obeyed, the next thing I heard was, you! cut that call! In short, turn off your phone!

“He ordered me to cut the phone call. I told my caller to hold on so I can hear what is going on. I then told the man to please allow me discharge my caller at the other end, besides I really didn't see how my call will affect their discourse with the driver.

“My friend who was listening at the other side kept saying what has your call got to do with anything! What is the meaning of that? The man raised his gun, threatened me to turn off my call! I am terribly shaken, I am pissed, I have locked myself in the car and have instructed the driver to do same!

“This is 10.02am. My flight is for 11am, but we are still being held up by these men in uniform. They have the gun! I have just my tiny hands!”

When this reporter contacted her on phone to verify the information, she said that the military men have already taken her to the police station at the airport's axis on handcuffs. She said that she had not seen a thing like that before: The way the security men suffocated her at the backseat of her car, having nearly been thrown into the boot of her car.

She told the reporter: ““Before they plant bomb in my car. Are we still in democracy! Do we still have a country! These overzealous men are killing this country! I am shouting out to anyone who can help tell these men in uniform to allow us go our way, please! Although, I've already missed my flight”

er call from a friend Jonathan Madu. All of a sudden, in a rather scary and loud voice, the military man asked the driver to wind down the window of the back seat where I am seated. The driver obeyed, the next thing I heard was, you! cut that call! in short turn off your phone! He ordered me to cut the phone call. I told my caller to hold on so I can hear what is going on. I then told the man to please allow me discharge my caller at the other end besides I really didn't see how my call will affect their discuss with the driver. My friend who was listening at the other kept saying what has ur call got to do with anything! what is the meaning of that? The man raised his gun, threatened me to turn off my call! I am terribly shaken, I am pissed, I have locked myself in the car and have instructed the driver to do same! This is 10.02am. My flight is for 11am but we are still being held up by these men in uniform. They hsve the gun! I have just my tiny hands! Are we still in democracy! Do we still have a country! This over zealous men are killing this country! I am shouting out to anyone who can help tell these men in uniform to allow us go our way ...please!

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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