The Enugu state police command have arrested 2 suspects of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, in connection to the bombing of the residence of the chairman, Ohanaeze Indigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.
According to the police, the two suspects, Mr. Ekene Okechukwu from Anambra State and Gabriel Alagba from Ebonyi State, were the ones that detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, on April 29, 2018 at the house of Chief Nwodo in Ukehe, Enugu State.
The two suspects, however, denied being responsible for the IED explosion.
The home of the President-General of the apex Igbo sociocultural organisation, Ohanaeze, was bombed in Enugu some time ago, also the PG was not in at the moment but investigation tend to point out that the assailant was targeting the Mr Nwodo.
Police said that the two suspects involved in Nwodo’s saga were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Whereas Okechukwu denied being a member of IPOB, Alagba accepted membership of the pro-Biafra group and also admitted that he sent a threat message to Nwodo from Lagos, where he was residing.
Alagba stated that it was after he listened to Radio Biafra and got Nwodo’s number that he sent him a message to beware of anti-Biafra actions.
He said, “I sent threat message to Nnia Nwodo, though I am very sorry because I don’t know the person in particular. Nobody asked me to send the message, but I heard his phone number on Radio Biafra when they were discussing what the person did. I was very annoyed, so I sent that very message that he should leave Biafra alone or I will deal with him.”
Both IPOB and Ohanaeze are both pan Igbo groups dedicated to promoting Igbo cause but they both have different approach. While IPOB is agitating for complet secession from Nigeria and create the Biafra republic, Ohanaeze has always reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue.
IPOB which has been proscribed by the Nigeria government as a terrorist organisation, with its leader Nnamdi Kanu still at large, has always stayed that Ohanaeze and other Igbo groups are betrayers of Igbo cause.