ENUGU—Barely 24 hours after Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, was removed from office by the State House of Assembly, heavily armed security operatives stormed his private residence at GRA, Enugu, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to recover eight vehicles.
Chime and Onyebuchi
Five of the vehicles were those he used as his official convoy, while two others were his official cars from the previous administration.
The car officially allocated to his wife, Nneka Ada Onyebuchi, was also taken away.
His security aides were withdrawn shortly after he was impeached on Tuesday.
According to him, the vehicles removed from Onyebuchi’s residence included one Toyota Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV; two Toyota Prado SUVs; two Toyota Hilux Pilot vehicles; two Peugeot 406 cars he used during his tenure as Commissioner for Works under the Chimaroke Nnamani administration and a Nissan Tiena car belonging to Mrs. Onyebuchi.One of the personal aides to Onyebuchi, Mr. Onyeka Nnaji, said over 20 security operatives from Government House, Enugu, led by the Chief Security Officer to the Governor, Mr. Fidelis Ogarabe, came to the residence to demand for keys to the vehicles.
He said the former deputy governor was not available when the CSO and his men came to the house but “when he was contacted, he directed that we should allow them take the vehicles and that we should not deny them access to the compound because he has nothing to hide.”
“We are surprised by what is happening because we have never heard anywhere in this country where the official vehicle of an impeached elected public officer was recovered.
“It is strange and the former deputy governor will speak at the appropriate time,” the aide said on phone yesterday.
Efforts to speak with the ousted deputy governor on the development proved abortive as he did not pick his calls.
Meanwhile, the impeachment of the number two citizen in the state has continued to dominate discussions in public places in Enugu, even as the people are eagerly waiting to know who the governor has nominated to occupy the vacant seat of the deputy governor.
Efforts to speak with officials of the government on the development also proved abortive as those contacted declined comment.