Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha’s speech at Chatham House last Wednesday was interrupted by heckling from a member of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The protester was later forcibly removed from the venue, after calling the governor a “murderer”. Several members of IPOB waited outside the conference hall for Okorocha, chanting Biafran war songs under the watchful eye of London police. A source said they planned to “deal with” Okorocha if he had come out through that door.
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Okorocha was said to have been smuggled out via a backdoor to avoid the protesters.
One Imo State-based civil society group called the speech “an irrelevant pursuit of ego and unmerited fame by a power drunk governor”. While an Imo State government spokesman called the protester a “pestiferous absurdity”.