The Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate in Lagos State, Fredrick Nwajagu, has been arrested.
Speaking in a video that went viral on Friday, Nwajagu threatened to invite members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra to secure the properties of Igbo people in the state.
He said, “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 security so that they will stop attacking us at midnight, in the morning, and in the afternoon.
“When they discover that we have our security before they will come, they will take caution. 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,” he added.
A source in the police who preferred anonymity told The PUNCH that the Igbo leader was arrested on Saturday morning by a joint team of policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services.
“A team of police and DSS went to his palace but he had already fled. He was later traced to a hotel in Ejigbo where he was arrested,” the source said.
It could be recalled that there has been a growing tension among the Igbo residents in Lagos State following a series of indiscriminate attacks on the businesses, properties and lives of the people.
The anti-Igbo crisis prevalent in some parts of Nigeria has continued to draw attention to the right-thinking citizens in the diaspora. There have been consistent attacks on the Igbo people as well as their businesses and property in States including Lagos, Kano, and Kaduna, among others.
Shops and properties owned by the Igbo people are constantly being attacked and razed by those championing anti-Igbo agenda. The recent attacks during and after the 2023 general election in Nigeria have again questioned the sermon on unity and oneness of the various ethnic groups in Nigeria.