I Did Not Kill My PA, Disgruntled Politicians Did-Chinedu Orji
Son of Governor T.A Orji of Abia State, Eng. Chinedu Orji, has described
as cheap blackmail and a concoction of lies, some media reports that he
killed his Personal Assistant, Mr. John Ndubuka at the Okpara Square,
Umuahia last Saturday.
Orji told Pointblanknews.com that disgruntled politicians from the state
has cached on the painful and tragic incident to smear him and accuse him
He said politicians who have been serially disgraced by the landmark
achievements recorded by his father in the state are bent on eliminating
members of his family and him as the main target.
“Disgruntled politicians who have been stripped and exposed for what they
are and who have been disgraced by the monumental achievements of the
Ochendo Government wants to eliminate me and my family,” Orji told
Some media reports had claimed that the Governor's son ordered the killing
of his Personal Assistant, PA, over a disagreement.
In an interview with Pointblanknews.com, Orji disclosed that few months
ago, he had sent a petition to the security agencies alerting them of
threat to his life. He said, “this incident is a clear pointer that my
life is in danger.”
According to him, “ I was in the car leaving the venue of the reception
for his Excellency when I was informed that the Governor's convoy was
“While we were waiting, I heard a gun shot, I asked where the gun shot was
coming from. It was then I was told John was on the floor. I saw him
clutching to his chest and I immediately called Dr. Chukwu of the Federal
Medical Center and others for help
“I nearly fainted seeing my PA struggling for life but he was pronounced
dead by the Doctors. He was killed from an unknown gun source
while leaving the venue at the end of a civic reception.
Tracing the family relationship, Orji said, “John and I are from the same
hamlet, same family. After his Youth Service, my father gave him a job and
I then asked him to join me and we have been together since then. We never
had any argument. He was a very lively fellow
“How can I kill a family member, someone we have built from the scratch?
He has a son and a pregnant wife.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Geoffrey
Ogbonna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the incident,
saying three suspects had been taken into custody while investigation had
commenced to establish the source and motive behind the shooting.
But the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Eze Chikamnayo, told
journalists at a press conference yesterday that given the circumstances
of the shooting, nothing could be ruled out, including assassination.
According to him, a policeman sent to disperse the surging crowd blocking
the flow of vehicles initially fired two shots in the air but the third
and fatal shot could not be traced.
“There is nothing to rule out at this time. It could have been an
assassination attempt,” he said, adding that the victim was shot from the
back while he was about entering the vehicle.
Chikamnayo stated that the governor's son could have been the
target of the gunshot considering the trajectory and the crowd of youths
surging towards their idol, fondly known as Ikuku oma (Sweet breeze).