Okonjo-Iweala’s brother attacked in Delta

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The convoy of the traditional ruler of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State Obi Ifechuwude Aninshi, Okonjo II was on Friday attacked at Otulu Ogwashi-Uku community, Delta.

The monarch, who is the brother of the director-general of World Trade Organisation Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was in the community for a visit before he was attacked.

Obi Ifechuwude took the reins in 2019 following the death of his father Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo who ascended the throne in 2007. He was 91.

A statement by the monarch’s spokesman Prince Greg Okwumbu said, “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 some issues.

“At the end of the visit and when the Obi was departing, cultists and thugs imported into Otulu who were 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 palace vowed that the sponsors of the thugs who are “known to us” will be brought to justice.