The Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Friday narrated how hired thugs and members of an unnamed cut group in Delta State ambushed and attacked her brother and Obi of the Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, in Aniocha South local government area of Delta state, HRM Obi Ifechukwude Aninshi Okonjo II.
The news of the attack was contained in the statement by the spokesperson of the traditional ruler’s council, Greg Okwumbu, forwarded to journalists by Okonjo-Iweala.
The statement said the incident occurred on Friday when the traditional convoy of the Obi and members of his Council of Ogwashi-Uku were returning from a visit to the Otulu Ogwashiku-Uku, Delta State where they had gone to offer the usual traditional prayers.
The statement read:
“The Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, HRM Obi Ifechukwude Aninshi Okonjo II, and his convoy survived cultists attack during their visit to Otulu Ogwashiku-Uku, Delta State where he went to offer prayers.
“The Obi and members of the Council of Ogwashi-Uku visited Otulu Ogwashi-Uku Friday, September 17, 2021. The visit was largely successful and the Obi met members of the community, prayed with them and discussed with them about the issues(affecting the community).
“At the end of the visit and when the Obi was departing, cultists and thugs imported into Otulu who was aware of the visit attacked members of the entourage who were at the rear of the convoy. The thugs also attempted to forcefully seize a gun belonging to a law enforcement member who escorted the Obi on the visit.
“It is important to note that members of the press accompanied the Obi on the visit.
“Also. law enforcement agents from the Office of the Area Commander and the Brigade Command in Asaba were also there at the visit and witnessed everything that happened.
The people who sponsored the thugs are known to us and will be brought to Justice.”