Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has been informed of a secret plot by members of the separatist movement the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) to lynch the governor and his Anambra State counterpart Willie Obiano.
Agents of the Department of State Security (DSS) are reported to have “flooded” into Owerri, the Imo State capital to protect the governor. A source in Owerri claims that thousands of IPOB members intend to “storm” the state capital and capture Okorocha, under the guise of the spate of protests in southeast Nigeria over the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra and leader of IPOB.
The information we have received indicates that the IPOB are claiming that Okorocha was “planted to ruin Igboland” and he must leave or be killed. His wife, Nneoma, is said to have already fled Owerri for London this past weekend.
Okorocha has become aware of the plans to make him a victim of “boys oye” mob justice and is said to be very afraid. He has called a meeting of the governors from the southeast to plan how to address the threat posed by the IPOB and their pro-Biafran sympathisers.
It is not clear at the time of writing whether the plans to attack Obiano have reached an advanced stage. But the information we received indicates that Obiano has become a “marked man” because the IPOB see him as wanting to “join Okorocha in the APC”. The All Progressives Congress (APC) is reportedly unpopular in the southeast and many believe Okorocha won reelection under the party’s banner through massive electoral fraud. Nnamdi Kanu on Radio Biafra usually referred to Okorocha as “Okoro-awusa”, implying he is more Hausa than Igbo. According to Kanu and his followers and their hate messages, the “enemy” is “Awusa-Fulani and their Yoruba slaves”.
IPOB supporters are demanding Obiano steps down and leaves Igboland with Okorocha. Their stance has to be taken seriously when the mobs that have been demonstrating in large numbers over Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest in the major cities of the southeast is taken into account.
It is estimated by some that over a million people took to the streets of Aba today and had the city on lockdown. Government offices were shut down and a source in Aba informed Naijiant that Nigerian flags were taken down in official buildings and replaced with Biafran flags. The crowds couldn’t be contained by the police and army who reportedly fled.
The source also claimed that CNN reporters were covering the protests, while the government-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has barely given them any coverage.