The newly elevated Project Manager of Imo Palm Plantation, Ohaji, in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State said he had escaped death in the hands of unknown along Avu-Ohaji Road.
The event is coming barely one month after the elevation of Mr. Ohiri Godwin to his new position, but could not stop Ohuba Daughters Association (Ezi-Ada) who prior to the incident had concluded to celebrate with their son, Mr. Ohiri on his elevation.
In a chat with our correspondent, Mr. Ohiri, who was first engaged in AdaPalm as a Gate-man, dismissed the agitation of some persons at different quarters of the establishment, saying that his recent positions as the P. M., would have been theirs. He affirmed agitators of the position, to have in the past received several queries on mismanagement and corruption, when he has not received any, from the time of his engagement.
It would be recalled that Mr.Ohiri Godwin, prior to his new position had occupied several positions in Imo Palm which include: Pay Roll Clark; Audit Officer; Chief Security Officer; Estate Manager; Head of Units and Chairman, Fraud Control amongst others.
Ohiri expressed displeasure on the death threats emanating from some top management staff of Imo Palm; saying that he would either leave his new position “dead or alive”. The new Project Manager wondered what he must have done to anyone to plan of taking his life as witnessed in the incident that took place last week, just one 1km away from Avu Junction, off PH.-Owerri Road, Imo State, to attend to an emergency official assignment in his office.
Mr. Ohiri told the media in his home town, Ohuba in Ohaji Egbema LGA, Imo State on Sunday 2nd June 2013 that the mystery of how he escaped from the hands of those he wouldn’t know if to be called assassins or kidnappers, to be best known to God. He confirmed a Camry car trailing his back, but shocked when another Camry overtook and blocked his front, while the other blocked by the side, adding that he could not comprehend on how he escaped from that terrible situation.
Godwin, who played host to Ohuba Daughters Association (Ezi-Ada), described the visit as coincidence, having scheduled to pay him a visit on his recent elevation, before that incident. He told the Daughters of Ohuba that their visit was destined by God and the reason he never allowed the will of his detractors to be accomplished.
Ohiri, who narrated his ordeal in the hands of unknown, urged Ezi-Adas to continue in unity and never allow the association to be used by person(s) to achieve personal or selfish gains.
He advised them to only keep their impress account with the treasurer and ensure that their monies are properly paid into their account, pointing money as one serious factor that could cause great confusion in an organization and possibly brought such organization to its end of existence and promised to continue to identify with them.
In the same vein, Mrs. Pauline Dike, Chairperson/President of Ohuba Daughters Association (Ezi-Ada), noted that the association is a socio-cultural group, made up of women that are born and married in Ohuba land, with the vision of ensuring peace and stability in their community.
She expressed gratitude to God, Imo State Government and the management of Imo Palm, Roche Agric for the elevation of an Ohuba son, in the person of Mr. Ohiri Godwin Ikenna as the Project Manager. Pauline opined that such has not happened before, in the history of Imo Palm Plantation formerly known as AdaPalm, adding that their visit was to give double glory to God for the elevation and protection of their son from the hands of detractors, she added.
The chairperson of Ezi-Ada, used the occasion of their visit to call on Mr. Ohiri to ensure carrying all the Land Lords, which include: Ohaji, Egbema and Agwa, along; while some members of the association who sang to the glory of God, requested the Project Manager to also extend that recognition that has been given to other women in the area to the Ezi-Adas of Ohuba.
However, Mr. Joseph Ohiri “Apex Leader” in Ohuba and the Campaign Director to Comrade Thomas Ekeh, the President of Ohaji/Egbema/Agwa Youth Council, in the last Council election, expressed gratitude to God for the life and recent promotion of Mr. Godwin, affirming that his wealth of experience in the business of Imo Palm will be brought to bear.
The Project Manager however, commended the strides of Governor Rochas Okorocha, particularly in the areas of peace and security amongst communities in the state, reassuring the youths of Ohaji/Egbema/Agwa Youth Council of his readiness to fulfill his promises to them to the later.
By Blaise Elumezie