Monday, 31 July 2017
IPOB members ‘attack’ Governor Obiano in church, chant ‘no election in Anambra’
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, yesterday, narrowly escaped attack by youths and women suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at the St. Joseph Church, Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
The governor had attended a church in the area but had hardly settled down when some youths and women, who were adorned in Biafran insignias, chanting Biafra songs, besieged the gate of the church shouting, “No election in Anambra State; “we want referendum;” “no referendum, no election.”
Security operatives attached to the governor had to rush and lock up the entrance, used minimum force to protect the governor who was whisked into the church buildings.
An eyewitness stated:
“As the confrontation between the police and IPOB continued, the number of the invaders kept swelling as if they were reinforced from somewhere. And when it was evident that the attackers wanted to lynch the governor, the security operatives attached to him had to smuggle him out of the church,” he said.
Speaking on the incident, a member of the governor’s press crew said the governor was not smuggled out of the church as alleged.
According to the member of the governor’s press crew, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the governor left after addressing the church at the end of the service.