Former Nigeria’s captain and coach of Super Eagles, Christian Chukwu survived a road accident Monday but saw death looming shortly after the incident at a place along Abuja-Ayangba road.
Chukwu is the Technical Adviser of Enugu Rangers. They were returning from a league game in Abuja when his official car was involved in an accident. Chukwu told the story himself:
“We thank God that we are alive to tell our story. We escaped death. Incidentally, it was not the accident that threatened our lives but villagers in the area where the accident happened in Kogi. As we were returning, a man riding a bike burst into the road without caution and didn’t see our vehicle.
The driver did his best to avoid him but it was not possible. He hit an object but still hit the man. Our car was badly damaged. It was so damaged that you would be surprised nothing happened to us. The driver and the team manager, Wayne Udoji were in the car with me. One of our tires burst immediately. We came out to help the motorbike man first. That was almost our undoing.
“The villagers later came out while we were trying to help the man and take him to the hospital. They armed themselves with clubs and started destroying the car. Another group started charging at us and it was going to be a bloody attack. I have heard stories of people killed like that. I asked the driver to get into the car and drive off to any police station immediately. He did but the car was not moving well as we had lost one tyre and even the wheel affected too.
We drove off but the villagers chasing us were gaining speed on us and it was clear they were going to catch up with us. We were just in trouble. One thought of many things and we didn’t know what to do but kept on trudging on. They kept coming. Then a police patrol van was driving past and saw what was happening.
They stopped and dispersed the attackers. They even arrested some of them. The police saved us otherwise it could have been a different story now. We thank God for His mercies. Even Emmanuel Okala is here with me. As I talk with you, we’re in the hospital in Kogi attending to the motorbike man. He suffered some bruises but he is stable. We’ll leave for Enugu after settling the hospital bill. We survived a bad accident but nearly lost our lives in the hands of the attackers. God saved us through the police. We thank God.”