On Thursday April 1, 2010 at 2:25 p.m., in what could best be described as a State sponsored terrorism, Hon. George Egu (SA on Security to His Excellency Governor Ikedi Ohakim), and the ADC to my State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim commanded a team of over fifty armed police officers and about one hundred vigilante groups from different Local Government Areas of Imo State, they came in commando style with over 20 New face vigilante vans to invade my Printing Press. – Jude Nkpado
My Printing Company Was Invaded By armed Police Men and Vicious Vigilante Thugs sent by Governor Ikedi Ohakim
My name is Sir Jude Uche Nkpado, a native of Nkwerre, Nkwerre LGA, Imo State, a Nigerian born American, and the managing director of Rhode Island Ave Printing & Graphics Inc. located in Washington, D.C. USA and Excelsior Press Limited located in Owerri Imo State, Nigeria. I relocated to Nigeria on December 17, 2008 and established what has been seen today as the biggest one stop digital printing plant in West Africa by the name Excelsior Press Limited, located at 68 Okigwe Road, Owerri Imo State with fifty (52) employees. After about a year of shipping, clearing and installations, the business officially kicked off on January 4, 2010. As a commercial printing facility and a public service company, we take jobs from anybody that need our services, including individuals, small companies, governments, fortune 500 companies, etc.
On Thursday April 1, 2010 at 2:25 p.m., in what could best be described as a State sponsored terrorism, Hon. George Egu (SA on Security to His Excellency Governor Ikedi Ohakim), and the ADC to my State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim commanded a team of over fifty armed police officers and about one hundred vigilante groups from different Local Government Areas of Imo State, they came in commando style with over 20 New face vigilante vans, Parado Jeeps and Hillux vehicles, and invaded my company ( Excelsior Press Limited). They bulldozed their way into the administrative offices, pre-press, production and post production sections of my company without a search warrant. They broke into my marketing, quality control, Human resources, conference room and accounts departments and stole 3.7 million Naira part of workers salary.
They carted away with customers printed jobs and impounded the books and T-shirts printed for The Alliance for Good Governance of Imo State (a political group), they destroyed most of our digital and production equipments like: Heidelberg Speedmaster five colors, Duplo Booklet Master with 20 Bins, Heidelberg CPC Tronic, Direct Imaging (DI), Auto pro machine, AB Dick Press, GTO 52 Press, Thermographic Unit, Agfa Palladio CPC, Stahl Folder, Duplo score/cutter/ creaser, light table, Auto Pro numbering Machine, Rhinestone Machine, Docutech, Docucolor, JETi large format machine, 2 AVR/UPS, Plate material, Pad Press, Silk Screening Machine, Roland Large format Printer, Graphic Computers and Spectra 52 Cutting Machine, all damaged equipments worth over 2 million Dollars.
The ADC to the Governor and Hon. George Egu led gang of armed police and ferocious looking vigilante groups armed with locally made guns, pump actions, machete, dagger and axe, brutalized and abducted seven staff of my company and took them directly to the Government House were they forced them under duress to pose for some funny photographs. They invited the Chief of police, Chief Aloysius Okorie to the Government House and he went in and had a meeting with His Excellency the Governor.
At about 6:oo p.m., the ADC with about twelve armed police officers in a convoy of two Parado Jeeps and a van with an inscription on the body (the office of the Governor) went back to my company (Excelsior Press Limited) along with my seven abducted employees, they walked around the printing plant and brought out fake search warrant and forced them to sign it. The ADC took them back, but at this time he drove them straight to the State Police Headquarters which is directly opposite the Governor’s office and handed them over to the CIB office. From the CIB office, they were transferred to CID office and were later assigned an IPO.
At 7:30 p.m., another team of 12 armed police officers was dispatched to my company to SEAL it saying they were acting on instructions. As a commercial printer, our work is based on deadline and as a public service company we print for everybody, we don’t discriminate. We have printed for different political groups, including PDP, AC, APGA, ADC, PPA, Newface Organization, and Pro Yar’adua Group, Pro IBB Group, Pro INEC Chairman Group, Njaba State Movement, Urashi State Movement, Adada State Movement, etc. My employees are still languishing in jail and my company still sealed. We read from the front cover of three local newspapers yesterday and the headline news of IBC, Imo FM Radio Stations and Imo Orient Television that my staff and my company was charged for “Distributing Subversive Materials against the Government to incite the public against Governor Ikedi Ohakim”. The fact of the matter is that we are a commercial printer and the book and T-shirts we printed belongs to a political group known as (The Alliance for the Good governance of Imo State).
The Title of the book we printed is “THE GURANTEE FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE, OHAKIM MUST GO”. That was the only reason why my company was invaded, because we printed for another political group. Infact, it was a suicide mission against my company Excelsior Press Limited (a private non political company), instead of their political rivalry. I’ve been in printing business in the United States for over twenty one years. I answered affirmatively by coming home to established when I heard the clarion call made by my Governor, His Excellency Chief Ikedi Ohakim on Imolites in the Diaspora to come back home and established.
I thought I am helping the Government by taking 52 people out of their unemployment list and I was planning to employ additional forty eight employees by July to make it 100 employed. We are waiting for the next business day which will be Tuesday to file for bail of my seven employees who were illegally detained in prison. While I wait for their arraignment in court, we are going all the way with the case. In God I Trust and God is my strength. I will keep you all informed.
Thanks for reading.
Sir Jude Uche Nkpado
Excelsior Press Limited
68 Okigwe Road Owerri
Imo State, Nigeria