The Spokesman for the Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP), Imo Ikenga Ugochinyere, has kicked against the arrest of the Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate in Lagos, Fredrick Nwajagu, by security agencies.
Goldennewsng reported that Nwajagu, in a viral video on Friday, threatened to invite members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to secure the properties of Igbo people in Lagos State.
He said the need to invite the proscribed pro-Biafra group to the state was following the persistent attacks on some Igbo people and their shops.
The Igbo leader was captured saying, “IPOB, we will invite them. They have no job. All of the IPOB will protect all of our shops. And we have to pay them. We have to mobilise for that. We have to do that. We must have our own security so that they will stop attacking us at midnight, in the morning, and in the afternoon.
“When they discover that we have our own security before they will come, they will know that we have our own men there. I am not saying a single word to be hidden. I am not hiding my words, let my words go viral. Igbo must get their right and get a stand in Lagos State.”
Reacting to the development on Twitter on Saturday, Ugochinyere said arresting the Igbo leader without first arresting those who instigated the pre-election violence that saw many Igbos attacked is injustice.
The House of Representatives member-elect, therefore, called for the release of the Igbo leader with immediate effect.
He wrote: “ARRESTING EZE IGBO OF AJAO ESTATE LAGOS WHO IS SEEKING PROTECTION FOR HIS PEOPLE THAT IS ATTACKED WITHOUT FIRST ARRESTING THOSE WHO INSTIGATED THE PRE-ELECTION VIOLENCE THAT SAW MANY KILLED IN LAGOS IS INJUSTICE ON THE PART OF THE SECURITY AGENCIES.#ReleaseEzeIgboAjaoLagos
ARRESTING EZE IGBO OF AJAO ESTATE LAGOS WHO IS SEEKING PROTECTION FOR HIS PEOPLE THAT IS ATTACKED WITHOUT FIRST ARRESTING THOSE WHO INSTIGATED THE PRE ELECTION VIOLENCE THAT SAW MANY KILLED IN LAGOS IS INJUSTICE ON THE PART OF THE SECURITY AGENCIES.#ReleaseEzeIgboAjaoLagos
— IKENGA IMO UGOCHINYERE (@IkengaImo) April 1, 2023