Vanguard (Lagos)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: Former Rep Escapes Assassination

Owerri — A former member of the National Assembly, Mr. Patrick Ndubueze, narrowly cheated death when a two-member gang of suspected assassins attacked him in Okigwe.

Vanguard investigations revealed that Ndubueze arrived his residence along Okpara Road, Okigwe, alighted from his vehicle and was about knocking at the gate when the armed hoodlums surfaced.

An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said the hoodlums were operating on a motorcycle, adding that only the supposed passenger was armed.

"The gangster shot at the former lawmaker but miraculously missed his target. The man (Nwabueze) quickly pounced on the suspected assassin and a scuffle ensued," the eyewitness said.

According to the eyewitness, the hoodlum managed to extricate himself from the grip of the lawmaker and quickly jumped into the waiting motorcycle manned by his colleague in crime.

When journalists contacted the former lawmaker, he wondered why anybody or group of persons would want to eliminate him.

"What have I done to anybody? Why would anybody or group of persons want to eliminate me? The whole thing sounds like a fairy tale but it is true. I thank God I am alive to tell the tale of my life," Nwabueze said.

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