Ndokwa East Council Chairman in Delta State, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah, has narrowly escaped death after one of her police orderlies shot at her, Southern City News has gathered.
The council chairman, who had only been recently recalled after being suspended by the Delta State House of Assembly, is currently in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital in the State’s capital.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred last Sunday as she was about leaving the venue for the thanksgiving service for the one year anniversary of the State’s lawmakers.
The police orderly, sources identified as David, had been attached to the council boss since she was elected two years ago.
However, the remote cause of the incident remains unknown, but the suspect, police sources told Southern City News had been arrested and is currently undergoing questioning at the State Police Command in Asaba.
The spokesperson for the Delta State Police Command, DSP Celestina Kalu said she was not aware of the case, just as she promised to investigate and get back to our correspondent.
But a senior police officer in the state confirmed the incident saying it was a case of accidental discharge and not a deliberate act.
Chukwurah, who managed to speak to journalists in Asaba from where she was receiving treatment, disclosed that when the suspect was apprehended by other security details and sympathisers, he confessed hearing strange voices ordering him to shoot the council boss.
According to her, the suspect also confessed that he was under some spiritual influence.
Narrating further, she said, “My orderly just opened the door for me to enter the vehicle while the policeman sitting on the front seat turned and faced me with his gun.
“The next thing I saw was fire all over me, as he shot at me consistently. I was lucky the bullet did not open my stomach. I was hit in other parts. It was God who saved my life.”
It was gathered that the police authority in the state had already sent emissaries to plead with the victim not to allow the issue go viral especially in the media.