A popular Aba Based Lawyer and Human Right Activist Barr. Emperor Gabriel Ogbonnaya has been shot by yet to be identified gunmen in Aba.
According to PUO METRO, the Item Born Lawyer was shot in front of his House. Confirming the incident our source revealed that Emperor Gabriel Ogbonnaya is in a critical condition in an undisclosed hospital.
However, Mr. Onyebuchi Emenanka has released a press statement debunking the claim that Emperor is in critical condition. He further confirmed that contrary to views making round, the attach on Emperor was not politically motivated.
His statement below:
This is to inform the general public, especially members of the Nigeria Bar Association, Aba branch and friends of associates of my friend, Barrister Empero Gabriel Ogbonna that he is safe and stable. He is currently in good hands at a good medical facility.
Late last night when I got the information, I rushed to the medical facility where I met Emperor himself, his wife and other close relatives including his junior in Chambers.
I was delighted to see Emperor in high spirits. God intervened and the ultimate plans of the evil minds were unsuccessful. Before I left the place just before midnight, we ensured that all necessary arrangements were put in place for unhindered treatment and access to proper Medicare. The medical personnel are on top of the situation.
For the avoidance of doubt, please note that Emperor will receive the best available treatment.
I also personally informed Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the incident after midnight and he expressed deep concern and asked me to convey his personal message of sympathy to Emperor and further instructed that I liaise with the family to ensure that he gets necessary assistance. As Governor, he said, he took an oath to ensure the safety and protection of all citizens of the state. He assured him of his prayers for quick recovery while security agencies will commence investigations.
I just left the medical facility where I conveyed the message of the Governor to Emperor and his wife. Again, he is in high spirits and if you see him, you won’t even know he has any issues. Emperor is not, by any stretch of the imagination, under risk at all. He will be fine. If need be, he would be moved to another facility.
Finally, it is critical to state that what happened must be viewed from the correct perspective as an isolated case of attempted kidnap and armed banditry. Emperor himself confirmed this. The bandits didn’t take him hostage because they saw that he was in dire need of medical attention and could pose a higher risk if they took him away. If it was a case of an assassination, by now, the story would have been different.
The insinuations going round about political assassination, politically motivated attack and the likes are absolute bunkum and high grade balderdash. People should stop raising unfounded allegations and bandying information they have no iota of proof in support thereof. Politically motivated attacks on anyone is alien in today’s Abia political lexicon. This point must be made abundantly clear.
Finally, let us thank God for His intervention and also continue praying for accelerated recovery for the Onunaekwuruoha of Item Okpi.
Many have come out openly to challenge the above claim and to demand that Emperor or a member of his family should address the public on his present state of health.
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