Onitsha GRA just learnt that the Nigerian police has arrested Niger Delta billionaire oil magnate, Dr Gabriel Ogbochie over allegation of involvement in a foiled plot to assassinate billionaire international lawyer and politician, Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko.
According to reports, the RAINOIL boss, Dr. Gabriel Ogbochie was arrested on Friday morning after the police was petitioned by Nollywood actress, Regina Daniel’s husband.
The billionaire lawyer Ned Nwoko had last week written an open letter to the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, thereby alerting the IGP of a suspected plot allegedly hatched in Kuje prison to assassinate him over an ongoing Idumuje-Ugboko murder and terrorism trial.
In the open letter addressed to the Nigerian Police Inspector General, Ned Nwoko had requested due investigation to fish out those behind the plot to assassinate him or put him in harm’s way.
The RAINOIL boss, Ogbechie who was still in police custody as at 5 o’clock yesterday evening when the news was broke, is a native of Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and is said to be a friend of Nwoko who is also from the same village.
The oil merchant and Ned Nwoko reportedly parted ways over the kingship tussle in the Nwoko Royal Family, a dispute that led to mayhem in Idumuje-Ugboko between May 18 and 25, 2017, where many supporters of Prince Ned were attacked with two people, Cyprian Kumiolun and Kennedy Iloh, killed.
Some of the alleged hoodlums involved in the Idumuje-Ugboko attacks are currently facing trial for terrorism and murder at the Federal High Court Abuja under Justice Okon Abang.
The accused, we learnt, is a supporter of Ned Nwoko, one of the claimants to the disputed Idumuje Ugboko stool and also among the accused persons in the terrorism trial and alleged to have imported the hoodlums that visited havoc on the village in 2017.
Effort to reach the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ACP Frank Mba proved abortive after his phone was engaged when journalists contacted him for comments on the arrest.