Gov. Peter Obi And Bianca Abandon Ikemba In England

Peter Obi, Ikemba and Bianca
By SaharaReporters, New York

Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, currently sick in England, has been virtually abandoned by his wife, Bianca Ojukwu (nee Onoh) and his erstwhile political godson, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State.

Our investigation included interviews with concerned doctors, Nigerians in the UK, family members, and close associates of the former leader of Biafra who is one of the most charismatic public figures in Africa in the last fifty years. Saharareporters has unearthed horrifying details of the plight of the Ikemba after he had his second stroke in December of 2010.
 
Governor Obi has told Nigerians many a time that Chief Ojukwu was receiving the best medical attention in the UK and that he, the governor, was taking care of the medical bills. But sources close to the family as well as a medical source disclosed to Saharareporters that Ikemba had been dumped in an elderly home in England due to lack of money to pay his hospital bills. Meanwhile our investigation showed that Ikemba’s wife, Bianca, is now living with her boyfriend, Uju Robert Okonkwo, in her husband’s home in Enugu. Mr. Okonkwo is a commissioner in Governor Obi’s government and Bianca reportedly nominated him for the job.   
 
In an investigation carried out over several weeks, we uncovered grave allegations being leveled against Bianca Ojukwu by the rest of the family of Ikemba. According to our sources, when Ikemba had his stroke in December of 2010, his family and friends were not informed for ten days. Bianca refused to take Ikemba to the hospital. Instead she arranged for a Doctor Ike to treat Ikemba at home. Bianca reportedly ignored the objection of Ikemba’s family to any treatment from that particular doctor based on their past experiences with the doctor. “Bianca knew that Ikemba’s family was opposed to having Dr. Ike treat him, but she disregarded our objections,” said a family source.
 
Asked what might be Bianca’s reason for keeping Ikemba at home for ten days, a family source replied that it was impossible to read her mind. However, he speculated that her action could have been from “criminal intent, ignorance or misguided protectionism.”
 
A doctor at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) in Enugu told Saharareporters that there are serious consequences of keeping a stroke patient at home. “A stroke patient requires a series of diagnoses, medical interventions and round-the-clock monitoring to both control his condition as well as avert other opportunistic and worse scenarios,” he said.
 
In Ikemba’s case, he was kept at home for ten days without undergoing a CAT scan to diagnose the extent of his brain injury. One source, a doctor in Enugu, disclosed that Dr. Ike administered drip without looking at Chief Ojukwu’s medical history that warned against that type of drip. After ten days at home, Ikemba’s mild stroke degenerated into an emergency medical situation when Chief Ojukwu stopped breathing. A source told Saharareporters that when Ikemba stopped breathing, Bianca, her doctor and friends, including a cousin of Ikemba, left him for dead upstairs and went downstairs to the living room.
 
A family friend who was at Ikemba’s home overheard the doctor saying that if Ikemba did not receive oxygen in 30 minutes he would be brain damaged even if resucitated. The family friend rushed upstairs and with the help of the house helps transported Ikemba to UNTH at break neck speed. It was at UNTH that Chief Ojukwu finally received oxygen.

 Ikemba spent several days at UNTH without receiving CAT scan. Meanwhile, our sources revealed that Gov. Peter Obi did everything to try to avoid the expenses of securing a foreign hospital and an ambulance jet to take Ikemba abroad. Gov. Obi finally agreed to bring an ambulance jet when he was informed that   Lagos-based businessman, Mike Adenuga  was ready to foot the bill for Ikemba’s treatment abroad.
 
On December 23, 2010, Ikemba was flown to London Clinic for treatment. He was accompanied on the trip by Bianca and Ikemba’s chief of staff. However, family sources said that Bianca flatly refused to allow any of Ikemba’s grown children to follow. Upon the insistence of the family, Bianca finally allowed one of Ikemba’s younger daughters, Ebele, to follow.
 
Our sources said that Ikemba received very good care at a private London Clinic for the first time since he fell sick. According to our sources, Doctors at the clinic described the treatment he received in Nigeria as “utter negligence, if not criminal negligence.” A family friend told Saharareporters that “Ikemba was given the Michael Jackson treatment, but was lucky to have survived it because of a friend who rushed him to UNTH.”
 
Saharareporters gathered that doctors at London Clinic spent 10 days detoxing Ikemba from all the cocktail of medications given to him at home. He was placed on a feeding tube and a tracheotomy was performed to assist in breathing.
 
A medical source in London described how Bianca was constantly intervening in Chief Ojukwu’s treatment to her husband’s detriment. As Ikemba’s condition started to improve, his wife reportedly demanded that she wanted him to start physical therapy because she wanted to take Ikemba back to Nigeria. A political associate of the Ikemba said Bianca was more interested to return to Nigeria and be seen as campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan because she wanted a high political appointment once Jonathan won.
 
Sources in London said that Gov. Obi was happy with Bianca’s plan because he wanted to avoid paying Ikemba’s hospital bills. Without consulting other members of the family, Bianca moved Ikemba to The Wellington Hospital on March 1, 2011.
 
At Wellington, emphasis shifted to therapy. At this point, Bianca returned to Nigeria. From then on, our sources said that Bianca targeted her presence at her husband’s bedside in the hospital to coincide with the visit of high profile guests who bear financial gifts. She had also accepted her appointment as a special assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan. The overall negative response to her acceptance of the position forced her to project the image that Ikemba was recovering quickly to justify her absence from his side.
 
Gov. Peter Obi, on his part, was reported to be always looking for ways to minimize expenses. At the same time he was going about telling people that he was sparing no expense for Ikemba. Due to Gov. Obi’s tightfistedness and Bianca’s interest in pursuing her political ambitions, our sources said, Ikemba was released from the hospital on June 6, 2011 without any consultation with his children and other family members.
 
Ikemba was taken to a therapeutic center called Lynden Hill by Bianca to demonstrate a “miraculous recovery.” Saharareporters investigation revealed that the move, coordinated with Gov. Peter Obi, was also an attempt by the governor to minimize expenses. Ikemba’s new location outside London resulted in the further isolation of the former Biafran leader, keeping the ugly truth about his plight away from the public.
 
While Ikemba was hidden away at Lynden Hill, Bianca, now discarded with other political appointees with the dissolution of Jonathan’s cabinet, was parading about in Nigeria seeking political appointments and accepting financial gifts for Ikemba. In interviews to newspapers, she continued to suggest that Ikemba was coming home soon when he was in fact still on a feeding tube, unable to speak or sit up without assistance.
 
It was during this entire incident that Bianca also moved into Ikemba’s home with her boyfriend, Uju Robert Okonkwo, a member of Gov. Peter Obi’s cabinet from Nnewi and a cousin to the Ojukwus. Uju Okonkwo, our investigation unearthed, was one of the first people to visit Ikemba and Bianca in London.

 
Friends of Bianca who spoke to Saharareporters under the condition of anonymity said that she was tired of living under the shadow of two great men, her late father, Chief C.C. Onoh, a former governor of Enugu State, and Ikemba. One friend quoted her as saying that, “the time of both men is gone. It’s my time to shine.”
 
Meanwhile, at Lynden Hill, Ikemba’s health degenerated quickly as nurses were withdrawn in an effort by Gov. Obi to save money. Without nurses to look after him, the care for Chief Ojukwu became the responsibility of his daughter.
 
Family and medical sources told Saharareporters that Bianca and Gov. Obi decided to place Ikemba on DO NOT Resuscitate order. It means that no effort should be made to revive him if his condition became critically bad. Despite the protest of Ikemba’s children, Bianca signed herself as the sole next of kin.
 
On the morning of June 27, Ikemba was found unresponsive. Frantic telephone calls were made to Gov. Obi and Bianca, but it took the governor more than 48 hours to respond to the calls. Chief Ojukwu was rushed to Royal Berkshire hospital where it was discovered that he had developed pneumonia. Bianca and Gov. Obi traveled to London several days after.
 
Saharareporters wondered why Ikemba’s grown children had not stepped up to contribute towards defraying the cost of their father’s medical treatment in London. A family source responded that Ikemba’s grown children were ready to raise funds on their own and from their father’s many well-wishers. However, the source said it was difficult for the rest of the family to play any role when Bianca has indicated herself as a sole next of kin and Gov. Obi has been telling the world that he was doing everything for his political godfather, Ikemba. A major Igbo political source in Abuja told us that President Jonathan had offered to help defray the cost of Ikemba’s care in London, but that Gov. Obi told him he wanted to take care of it.
 
But our investigations showed that, as at last week, payments to The Wellington hospital, Lynden Hill and Royal Berkshire were outstanding. In London, Obi promised that he would settle the late bills. At the time of going to press, Saharareporters could not ascertain if he redeemed his promise by paying the debts.
 
A medical source told us that Royal Berkshire Hospital, which is a public medical facility, does not have the quality of care that Ikemba received initially at the private London Clinic. However, Gov. Obi is happy that Ikemba is at Berkshire where he is receiving treatment under the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). That means that Gov. Obi does not have to pay as much for Ikemba’s treatment. Our sources also revealed that a non-resuscitate order remains in place.

 
A political associate of Ikemba said he cried after visiting the former Biafran leader at Wellington. He said, “Gov. Obi exploited Dim Ojukwu even in the last elections, but he does not want to spend a kobo to give the man the medical attention he deserves.” Another source said: “All eyes are on Obi and Bianca to see exactly how callous they really are and if indeed they will trade Ezeigbo’s life for their ambitions.”

Saharareporters made several efforts to speak directly with Bianca, but she did not answer her calls. A representative of Governor Obi also failed to respond to our calls.

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ENOUGH OF THIS INSULT

Sahara, u guys are fond of framing up lies at any cost for money. This is the 5th time I have observed dis since 2008. Be careful about d story to tell. You guys only wake up and post rubbish from your stinking brain . How did you get to know all these rubbish? Where you the one assisting the nurses and doctors in the U.K to take care of Ikemba instead of his children? Or dat Obi and Bianca reports to you after every trip. I must confess dat I don't really like Peter Obis government as compared to Ngige who was made to quit untimely. But the truth must be told. ENOUGH of dat insult to the entire Igbo people. SAHARA BE CAREFUL! Tell nothing but what you know

A hero is gone

Who ever that killed my mentor chief ikemba ojukwu will never live to see the light of biafran

Sahara this is just a half

Sahara this is just a half truth. Anambra state govt did everything possible to treat ikemba with great dignity. Do you know that Gov. Obi gives Bianca N15m monthly for Ikemba's upkeep?

If anybody should be investigated or prosecuted for negligence of the Ikemba, it should be lady Bianca and the rest members of Ojukwu's family.

Ikemba

Who ever a woman beat a drum and he dance not know when he jump the fence of the spirit.

I CRY FOR MY KING OJUKWU EZE IGBO ONE

EZE IGBO WAS A GREAT MAN IN THE WORLD,DIED HAS DONE BAD TO WE IGBO,S.PUT LET US RESPECT THIS GREAT MAN BY HAVING ONE MIND,ONE LOVE.IN ALL LET US MAKE ALL IGBO LAND AN APGA STATE,THIS IS ALL WE CAN DO TO RESPECT OUR KING.THERE IS NO NATION YOU CAN NOT SEE AN IGBO MAN OR WOMAN,THAT IS WHY THEY ARE NOT HAPPY FOR US

Bianca and the indiot Peter obi must not go unpunish.

Am suprise to come acros this sad and pathetic story, meanwhile Bianca and petert obi will live to suffer their sims. Even Bianca and Peter, oh God plead the cause of Ikemba. Peter God punish you and your entire race, go to hell.you denied your godfather because of A woman, a ''woman indeed'' i am in agony waoh . What a sad experience.( Ikemba RIP but i will start where you stoped.) devilish Bianca you will very soon, with the authority confered on me, i curse you peter obi and Bianca

a sad story

This is a pathetic story, l remember when yaradua was sick the wife never left his s side why should bianca live. Peter obi is a politician.lkemba deserved more than this he is a well known Nigerian.

a pinch of salt

i would like to take this story with a pinch of salt....it would be unbeliveably callous,utterly disheartening,and morally frightening of Gov Obi and Mrs bianca ojukwu if there was any shred of legitimacy to this article....so i would not want to believe it.

a pinch of salt

i would like to take this story with a pinch of salt....it would be unbeliveably callous,utterly disheartening,and morally frightening of Gov Obi and Mrs bianca ojukwu if there was any shred of legitimacy to this article....so i would not want to believe it.

the evil that men do

THE EVIL THAT MEN DO LIVES AFTER OR BEFORE THEM. personally,my bleame goes to the senior children and family members to have allowed such,even visiting him in the said hospitals to see things by themselves.well,we should not worry for l know there is a day for each and every one of us in life.Luka Jecobs.-Abuja

the evil that men do

THE EVIL THAT MEN DO LIVES AFTER OR BEFORE THEM. personally,my bleame goes to the senior children and family members to have allowed such,even visiting him in the said hospitals to see things by themselves.well,we should not worry for l know there is a day for each and every one of us in life.Luka Jecobs.-Abuja

in every rumor there is an atom of truth

gov peter obi did not try at all for we know the great ikemba who suffered in all cost to liberate his people, single handedly supported his people with love and every thing what a shameful story for such a great man be it rumors or not we the entire igbo race are embarrassed with such a story for our godfather

Tundemash define foolish and examine yourelf

Tendemash read what you wrote and tell me if you are not being a primitive tribalist.
What sort of education do you have to use the word foolish for a whole people because you read comments here on saharreportes.
Examine yourself properly and you would find that whatver you have condenmed about the commenst you were referring to all words used apply to you
Its primitive and a black man domain to castigate other groups Its lacking in education and good background.
Look up the meaning of foolish and examine your comment

I am very sure you havent been to the east and also sure you dont even know the difference between Aba and Calabar inspite of your education...

You are completely a tribalist and when you codenm any of them note that you are equally guilty of the same for calling a whole race foolish .for you must be a fool to call a race foolish. And also without God

Apologize to Ikemba's family Now!

Now that the Great Ikemba has passed on, may be you should show some respect by apologizing for this disgraceful trash you have written about his wife and family simply because you have a campaign of calumny against the Anambra state governor. Shame and ill tidings on Sahara reporter's families if you fail to apologise to Ikemba's family!

what a shame

i would have said i have lost trust in u people but let me still give u d benefit of doubt concerning other issues that will come. pls my advice to u is that, leave the famly alone let them carry their cross n stop spreading rumours.

Leave Bianca alone

Is it a crime to be a widow? leave Bianca alone!!

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SHUT UP IF YOU DONT KNOW WHATS GOING ON DONT DONT CALL MRS BIANCAS NAME NONSENSE DONT JUST SAY ANYTIME THAT POPS UP INTO YOUR STUPID HEAD

thx

GOOD ALL OF YOU THIS PERSON HAS A VALID POINT HELP DONT BE STUPID RUMOURS ARE RUMOURS THEY ARE TOLD BY JOBLESS PEOPLE.

TIME HAS ALL ANSWERS

FOR THE PAST ONE YEAR ALMOST WE HAVE BEEN TOLD STORY UPON STORY ABOUT HOW OJUKWU IS ABOUT TO DIE AND HOW HE IS NOT CARED FOR BY A GOVERNOR WHO IS NOT HIS SON AND A WIFE WHO MARRIED HIM AGAINST ALL ODDS.RUMOURS OF HIS DEATH ARE CONSTANT AND WE HAVE ALL BEEN TAKEN ON ONE LONG RIDE. THOSE CRYING MORE THAN THE BEREAVED SHOULD SEEK HIM OUT AND ASSIST HIM INSTEAD OF ALL THIS NONSENSE CROCODILE TEARS.

Ojukwu

Most Nigerians already know the truth but my question is : How much did Bianca and Peter Obi pay you to write such an absurd criticism. I pray that you do not get your hands soiled in Ojukwu's blood.

I saw it all, in fact Sahara reporters did not even write anything in comparison to the hell Ojukwu is going through. He had cried on several occasions during my frequent visit to see him.
Please refrain from deceit. If you know them tell them that GOD IS WATCHING and only HIM knows how this will end.

God bless and keep your eyes open.

GOV PETER OBI [OKWUTE] IS A DICIPLINED MAN.

I will continue to commend our able Gov Peter Obi for all his efforts towards ensuring that our dear leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu gets the best care in this trying period.Those that had been insinuating that Gov Obi had abandoned our leader do not know Peter Obi.[Okwute]

Gov Peter Obi is not somebody that will want to play with the health of Ikemba who is like a father to him. His parents did not train him like that; even his siblings have great respect for their friends and that is how all of them were brought up. I pray that God in heaven will answer our prayers and keep Ojukwu at least for another decade. God did for the South Africans in President Mandela. The same God will do it for us

GOV PETER OBI [OKWUTE] IS A DICIPLINED MAN.

I will continue to commend our able Gov Peter Obi for all his efforts towards ensuring that our dear leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu gets the best care in this trying period.Those that had been insinuating that Gov Obi had abandoned our leader do not know Peter Obi.[Okwute]

I want to put it on record that Peter Obi is a principled man who was given a very good parental upbringing by very hard working and disciplined parents.

Gov Peter Obi is not somebody that will want to play with the health of Ikemba who is like a father to him. His parents did not train him like that; even his siblings have great respect for their friends and that is how all of them were brought up. I pray that God in heaven will answer our prayers and keep Ojukwu at least for another decade. God did for the South Africans in President Mandela. The same God will do it for us

long story

hmm.....what can i say abt dis whole issue...honestly binaca dsnt strike me as someone dat wud do a tn lyk dat,,,either way dat she accepted the position dosnt make her evil...if d man dies she definately has to fend for herself and her kids,,,she cant kip living on sypaties or past glory....cant every one just let d family be....its der problem let dem handle it,,,,,,

is Ikemba still alive

I want to thank Sahara for the good work they have been doing and all the news they have been giving to the hole world.am in Abuja and i will like to be giving you poeple about what is happing here in the F.C.T,i will like to confirm if Ikemba is still alive or dead,can somebody tell me what peter obi is doing about Ikembas health.

MAY GOB BE WITH YOU AND ALL

MAY GOB BE WITH YOU AND ALL YOURS

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