Veteran Nigerian actor and comedian, John Okafor, better known as Mr Ibu, recounted how almost died after he was poisoned by his staff.

Speaking during an interview, the actor expressed his gratitude to God as he mentioned that if not for him, he would have been a dead man.

Okafor also spoke about his ‘potbelly’ as he revealed that he has stopped taking alcohol ever since his near-death experience and he doesn’t even eat much.

According to the actor, his stomach grew bigger after he was poisoned but he has been taking medicine so it has reduced to the point where he can see his feet.

The film star said he was tricked into going to Nnewi, Anambra state but when he got there, he was beaten to a pulp and given poison to drink.

In his words;

“If not for God Almighty, I would have been a story perpetrated by people who don’t love me.

I don’t take Alcohol up till now. Some people say I don’t take Alcohol yet my stomach is big, The belly is an idiot. It was after they gave me that poison. It was bigger than this before. If you had seen it, it was like a foam. I took medicine and it began to come down. Before I wasn’t able to see my legs.

They took me to Nnewi, saying we had a show. They held me there and beat me up. They beat me and then inserted poison in my mouth and ran away, leaving me there. It was my boys and dancers that came and carried me home. It was in Enugu that I woke up. God said no, you are not going yet.” he said

Speaking further, the actor said;

“Here in my office, they brought the first poison, I took it. I was falling around and nobody came to ask. Even the workers did not enter here even though they were hearing me fall around. I vomitted something in my bathroom.

They gave me the second one, The people that gave me are the people working with me. I swallowed another one unknowingly because I never suspected them until when God opened my eyes. They paid them and gave them enough money to make sure they eliminate me. All these plans are from Enugu, my towns people and age grades that are surprised that I can own some things, build some houses, buy house in Lagos. They asked them to go and kill me.”

Okafor, however, noted that he has left the case for God to judge.