Daar Communication PLC AIT, reporter, Adewale Ajayi on Monday June 12, 2017 in Abuja, narrowly escaped from assassins, suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, who trailed him to his Jikwoyi resident, in Abuja.
Ajayi, who is married and has three kids, lives very close to Nyanya and was among early callers to the scene after the April 14 and May 1 blasts at the same venue, that claimed hundreds of lives.
His brilliant and factual reportage backed up with visuals and pictures, provided the law enforcement agencies vital clues needed at identifying early suspects from both incidents.
Subsequent reports on the AIT network, where he almost revealed the identities of the suspects by showing pictures of their vehicle, meant Ajayi has since become a wanted man by the Boko Haram sect, who will go at any length to eliminate him.
This latest attack is the fifth of several attempts to eliminate the renowned political/sports reporter who became very famous for the role he played in reporting minutes by minutes updates of the April 14, 2014 and May 1, Nyanya bomb blasts which claimed over one hundred lives, in Nyanya, a suburb just on the outskirt of the federal capital territory.
This award winning report, has led to series of failed attempts to assassinate him, by men, suspected to be kingpins of the deadly Boko Haram sect.
In an emotion ladden interview he offered the Authority newspaper, after yet another attack, Ajayi said threats to his life has been on the increase in recent times and has left him wondering what tomorrow has in stock for him.
“This is the fifth attempt in three years and it is really getting out of hands now. It all started in April 2014, after my exceptional reportage of the Nyanya bomb blast. Since then, I have been singled out for more attacks because of the role I played in reporting what I saw and helping the police with additional information that helped with early investigation and arrest,” Ajayi said.
“Ever since then, my life and that of other members of my family has come under serious threat. The latest one happened two nights ago , precisely June 12, this year.
“Just as I was about to drive into my apartment on Number 8 Malvan Iyalla street in Jikwoyi, which is just a stone throw away from the Central Bank of Nigeria residential quarters, in Karu, I had another close shave with death.
“I came back on this fateful night looking so tired after another busy day at work. It was 10.25pm and the rain was drizzling so the security guard in the compound where I live had gone to bed early leaving me with no option but to alight from my car and open the gate myself.
“As I attempted to open the car door, I noticed some movements behind and quickly put the car on reverse and drove off in high speed.
“My assailants were caught unawares but gathered themselves in good time, as they shot at my car but I escaped with a just broken windscreen.
“I reported the incident at the Karu police station just nearby the estate where I lived but before the police arrived the scene, the assassins have disappeared into thin air.
“Two months before this latest incident, precisely on April 1st, this year, some unknown individuals had attacked my wives business center at Ecwa junction also in Karu, carting away laptops, phones and other valuables. They left in their wake a written note which we have since submitted as evidence to the Nigeria police force
“That particular incident occurred around 2.30am on the fateful night.
“Within June 2014 and February 2015, I escaped three deadly attacks in Abuja. One each in June and July 2014 while the third was in February 2015.
“The first two happened in the Asokoro area of the FCT when I was returning home from work while the third occurred near the Wuse market in Abuja
“Suspected Boko Haram members again attempted to kidnap my three year old daughter Darasimi Ajayi after school hours at the Great Legacy academy also in Karu, Abuja, prompting me to quickly withdraw my children from school because of fear of the unknown.”
“Infact, in the last three years, since my first report of the Nyanya bomb blast, I have survived not less than five attempted attacks from persons believed to be members of the evil sect. My wife’s shop was also buggled twice and I have had to battle with the trauma of living a life of uncertainty because, you never can tell when next the enemy will strike.”
“I can only pray for God’s continued protection because if not for him, I doubt if I will be alive today to tell my story,” Mr Ajayi concluded.
The dreaded Boko Haram sect are daily becoming the biggest nightmare of media practitioners who in the line of duty are caught in the web of doing their job professionally but indirectly stepping on the toes of this dangerous men, who have brought sorrow, tears and blood to thousands of homes across Nigeria.
It is now a case of where will their next strike occur and who their next victim will be?