BY SAM EGWU, Lokoja
Palpable fear has gripped a family of six in Kogi State over series of threat to life by unknown assailants within a couple of month.
A family source told LEADERSHIP in Lokoja yesterday, that constructive criticisms by the head of the family, Alhaji Isah Umaru of Gegu, of current political happenings in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is suspected to have drawn the ire of the loyalists of the party to vent the spleen on him. According to the source who pleaded anonymity, Alhaji Umaru’s sympathy for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his allegation that PDP mismanaged the country’s resources, leading to monumental debt burden, led to the family’s predicament.
“His objective criticism of the PDP leadership in states and local government areas in the country is considered to be the offence committed by Alhaji Isah Umaru, which warranted PDP apologists in the state to send threat letters and messages to him.
“Considering that the lives of the children and members of the entire family were no longer safe in Kaduna, we decided to move back to the country home in Gegu, Lokoja/Kotokarfe local government area of Kogi State.”
Confirming this, Umaru’s wife, Hajia Umaru Hauwa, said a report was made to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) Police in Kogi State Command Headquarters, Lokoja, on May 29, 2017 when it became obvious that she could not reach her husband, which made her to relocate from Kaduna to Gegu, Kogi State.
The wife further stated that all efforts to reach the husband proved abortive till the father, Alhaji Umaru Sanusi, confirmed to her that Isah
was in the United Kingdom for safety and not in a hurry to return due to
several threats to his life.
Alhaji Umaru Sanusi, said the fact that his son may be the target of
elimination by the forces of darkness informed his decision to ask him to
remain in UK till the coast was clear for him to come back to the country.