Following his recent revelation about his life being threatened by President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, the popular Catholic priest and founder of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Catholic Archdiocese, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka has raised another alarm to buttress his claim.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Ike Maximus Ugwuoke and seen by popular blogger, Linda Ikeji, the statement read: "It is with a deep sense of concern that we are constrained to make this statement on the continued threat to the life of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka over his 2015 New Year message titled “From Good Luck to Bad Luck.
"Yesterday (Wednesday) strange hoodlums in a black Hilux besieged his parish compound but they left disappointed when they could not see him.
"Wherever and whoever this threat is coming from, we state that there are strong and compelling circumstances pointing towards the fact that Fr. Mbaka’s latest attacks were stemming from his said 2015 New Year message, which was not favourable to the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.”
Meanwhile, the Enugu state police command has dismissed claims by Fr Mbaka that his life is in danger. It dismissed Fr Mbaka’s outcry over threats to his life as baseless.
Reacting to the police statement, Mbaka's spokesman said: "One begins to wonder whether the alarm raised by Fr. Mbaka on an alleged plot to kill him was a mere rhetoric as the police had made it to appear merely because there has not been an official report to the police over it.
"Absence of a formal report on threat to one’s life doesn’t negate the reality of such threat more so when the victim had made a public outcry on this issue.
"To argue otherwise is akin to denying the fact of death in the face of a man’s corpse merely because there is no certificate certifying his death."
In a related development, the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu, has said that Mbaka breached the electoral act by his comments on political matters.
The youth council of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has also taken a swipe at the controversial Enugu Catholic priest.