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I Was Accused Of Treason, Says Umeh

Posted: Mar 5, 2016 at 5:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka
Chief Victor Umeh, former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the party’s candidate in the rescheduled Anambra Central Senatorial election, returned to Awka on Friday into the waiting hands of thousands of party supporters.
Umeh was arrested by men of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and taken to Abuja on Thursday.
Narrating his ordeal, Umeh said the DSS accused him of treason and insulting the President, all of which, he said that he denied.
He narrated how on Wednesday he got a text message from the Anambra State Director of the DSS inviting him for a meeting.
Not knowing how serious the purpose of the meeting was, Umeh scheduled the meeting for Thursday after a trip to Enugu to witness the judgment in the case brought by Chief Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, his former opponent in the Senatorial election, in which she sought to get the Court of Appeal to reverse itself in the voiding of her election, which disqualified her from re-contesting.
However, Umeh said that as early as 7 a.m. on Thursday, he got a follow-up invitation from the same director of DSS, Anambra State Command informing him that the meeting was urgent.
When he got to the state security office, and after being seated for a while, a man worked up to him and the director pointed at Umeh saying “that is he”
Umeh said immediately, the director’s guest informed him (Umeh) that he would be taken to Abuja to answer to some charges.
Umeh, however, said when he requested that his driver get home and bring his medications, they obliged.
But as soon as his medications were brought in, he was whisked off in a fashion only a coup plotter would be whisked off.
He said he got signs that their mission was serious when he came out to board his vehicle only to see fierce looking security men all wielding automatic rifles.
He was then sandwiched in between two operatives at the back seat of a white pick-up and they drove to Abuja.
Umeh, nevertheless said that the operatives were friendly with him obliging him a bottle of water when he requested for one and some sweets which they bought for him on request.
They got to Abuja about 7.15 p.m. and was interrogated by 10 p.m.
Umeh said he was marveled that all the allegations leveled against him bordered on treason.
“When the head of interrogation took me to the office, he brought a red file and said that while on my campaign they had reports that I insulted the President and incited the youths. They said they got report that if I get to the Senate, I will unite the youths of South East and Niger Delta and wage war against the country; that there was an issue concerning Fulani cattle rearers.”
Umeh said he denied all the allegations informing them that he campaigned in the open; that he never disparaged Mr. President, because he was not running for the Presidency.
“But  I told them that I opposed the use of arms to quell protests and fight Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)”.
After the interrogation, according to him, when he was taken to the Director General, he told him that they invited him because they hold him in high esteem and that if the allegations against him were true, then there would be trouble.
Umeh said after the interrogation, they had a useful chat on the need to ensure peace in the country.
Umeh said he was happy and “thanked God that the plans of the desperadoes did not materialise”. According to him, as early as 10 a.m. on Thursday, the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu had dismissed Ekwunife’s suit and if the rerun had been held today, March, 5, he would have had a smooth sail, though that has been put off to another day.
He also thanked Governor Willie Obiano, who had within the time he was at the state headquarters had telephoned the Director-General to vouch for his integrity.
What is more, he touched down at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, to meet a sea of APGA supporters led by the state chairman, Sir Nobert Obi.
On a jovial note, Umeh said he was somehow happy to be at the SSS office “because every time I passed on my way to Asokoro, I used to see the imposing headquarters of the SSS and I wondered how the inside would be. This is my first time of getting into that building,” he said.