A cooling van driver in Enugu, Mr. Uche Ijeoma, who allegedly hit the Prado Jeep on the convoy of the State Deputy Governor, Rev. Ifeanyi Nwoye, has been detained at
the Government House. According to reports, the incident occurred Monday last week near Enugu Airport flyover on the Enugu Abakaliki highway while the Deputy Governor was on his way
to the airport.
According to Uche, he had parked his van off the road on hearing the siren but while other pilot vehicle ahead of the Deputy Governor’s jeep had passed, the driver of the vehicle conveying the Deputy Governor came very close to the van and smashed the right side mirror at the back of the van.
He said. “Only the mirror was damaged and I can tell you that it was not my fault because I have parked off the road. The mobile policemen on the convoy stopped and beat me mercilessly using the butt of their guns to hit my head.
“Thereafter, they towed my vehicle to the New Haven Police Station, where I was detained and later granted bail. “I was later told by the Deputy Governor’s security men that I have to pay N60,000 for replacement of the mirror but I could not afford it because the owner of the van was not in town
since then and I could not raise such money.”
Nwoye’s aides, however, invited an auto firm, which replaced the mirror at the cost of N28, 000 Monday afternoon but by press time the driver (Uche) was still being held at the Government House. It could not be confirmed if the Deputy Governor personally ordered his detention but his younger brother, who called him on
phone said they threatened to detain him unless the money was paid before 4pm Monday.
One of Uche’s brothers, who identified himself as Chibueze, lamented that Uche was still being detained at the Government House by press time Monday evening and
appealed to the Deputy Governor to kindly order his release.