A Delta State born businessman and anti-militancy advocate, Evans Dubre, has cried out over threat to his life after alleged attempts on his life and that of members of his family by militants in his native Niger Delta. Speaking to journalist in Lagos, he said he had escaped death far by the grace of God while his traducers have also attempted to raze his building in Abraka, Delta state.
Mr. Dubre also stated that he suspected those behind the plot to kill him and members of his family of having links with the dreaded Niger Delta militants.
According to him, trouble started when he discovered some elements were holding clandestine meetings inside his uncompleted building located in Abraka adding that attempts to make them desists from converging on the premises fell on deaf ears.
Mr. Dubre stated that during one of his encounters with the boys he threatened to report them to the police if they continued converging on his property.
He also stated that sometime later in late February he narrowly escaped being killed by some gun men who trailed him and his family to a wedding reception in Eku, another town which is about five kilometres from Abraka.
“Trouble started when residents of the community informed me that some boys suspected to be militants were using my uncompleted building in Abraka for their nocturnal meetings. I carried out my investigations and found them on my property and warned them to stay off the premises but they paid no heed.
“They refused to, even when I threatened to report them to the police. Rather, they chased me away with all kinds of dangerous weapons; one of them shot at me with a locally made pistol, I escaped due to the safe distance between us when during the encounter,” he told reporters at a media briefing which held in Lagos in late September.
Continuing, Mr. Dubre said “I’m forced to cry out because my life and that of members of my immediate family is at stake. After that encounter, I stayed away from Abraka, and in my absence they attempted to burn down the building. It was the vigilance of neighbours that saved the day they would have burnt the building and escaped into the dark of the night leaving me to count my losses. When residents of the community moved against them, they vowed to get me at all cost and claimed I was against Niger Delta interest.
“In April, I Went for my maternal nephew’s wedding ceremony in Eku, about five kilometers from Abraka. Midway into the party, some natives of the town came to alert me that some people were tampering with my car. When I got there, with the help of some private security guards, we discovered that an improvised explosive had been planted on my car. It was removed and I was asked to be very vigilant going forward.
“I couldn’t leave with my car believing that it was marked. I left the venue discretely in a friend’s car. Two days later when my cousin went to take the car away, he was waylaid by armed men along Abraka-Eku road; he escaped death by whiskers.” he stated.
When asked if he had lodged a formal complaint with the police, the anti-militancy campaigner stated that he had severally both in Abraka and Eku adding that the cops appeared to be powerless.
He told Orijo Reporter that the cops only succeeded in dislodging them from his property but had still not been able to arrest any members of the gang.
“I reported the attempts on my life at both Abraka and Eku. When they shot at me in February 2016, I reported at the Police Command, Abraka. After I lodged a formal complaint in Abraka, men of the Nigerian Police Force raided the premises repeatedly but were unable to arrest anyone of them. Due to continued raid on the premises, they stopped using the place for their meetings but they have not stopped threatening my life. I also reported the incident at Eku at the local police station.
“What they now do was to paste all kinds of posters which bear messages that threaten my life and that of members of my family, threat on the building and my country home where several members of my nuclear family reside. The press interview is a clarion call to the Inspector General of Police to save my life and that of members of my family,” he concluded.