The publisher of Watchdog Newspaper and United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate for Orlu zone, in the last general election, Comr. Precious Nwadike, has expressed fear that Ex-governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-inlaw, Uche Nwosu, is still after his life and bent on closing down the Watchdog Newspaper company which according to Nwadike, it’s only crime was having reported a theft at Uche Nwosu’s house in Owerri.
Speaking to newsmen during a conference in Owerri on Saturday, June 22, 2019, the Human Rights Activist and Orlu born journalist, revealed how some strange faces believed to be goons on the payroll of Uche Nwosu, have been trailing him long after the general elections.
He said, “the development is of grave concern to me and my family members”. He narrated how he had severally written to the security agents against Uche Nwosu’s plans to put him behind the bar either by hook or crook but till date, nothing has been done by the security agencies to checkmate or caution Uche Nwosu.
Comrade Nwadike stated that the latest development happened on Friday when he got to his village in Orlu, only to be told by one of his neigbours that 4 stern looking young men driving in a white Hilux van were in his place by 6:45 Pm in search of him and when told that Nwadike was not around, they parked their vehicle far away and kept hanging around the premises without knowing the same neigbour recognized them.
Explaining further, Comrade Nwadike said that in as much as he is conscious of his movement, only God can take one’s life and that there is no amount of intimidation or threat to his life that will cow him.
“As a journalist, my duty is to inform the general public for public interest. Those who read that story are wondering why Uche Nwosu is furious about the said story. A cook’s name was mentioned. If you say your cook did not disappear, what then happened to him, why are you finding it difficult to produce him in court to testify or even say he did not run away? How come pensioners and civil servants were not paid from the bailout fund leading to the huge pensioners indebtedness?”, Nwadike queried.
He used the opportunity to call on Imo people to come to their aide, stating that 4 years of litigation against a fledging Newspaper company has really dealt a big blow to the establishment while also appreciating all those who have stood by them, over the years.
Speaking further, Nwadike urged the police and other security agents in the state to call Uche Nwosu to order. He recalled that the said Imo missing bailout fund report, was not only published by Community Watchdog Newspaper, adding that some other local and national tabloids reported the incident and wondered why Uche Nwosu is particular about Watchdog, He disclosed that after the publication of November 3, 2015, by Community Watchdog Newspaper, ICPC and EFCC have published their own reports confirming the said story. “How come Uche Nwosu has not taken them to court?”, he queried.