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Protesters storm church where Gov Obiano visited chanting “No elections in Anambra”

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"No Elections in Anambra State" - Protesters storm Governor Obiano at Church - BellaNaijaMen and women suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Anambra State protested against the governor Willie Obiano at St. Joseph Church, Ekwulobia moments after he made his way inside to worship.

According to Punch, the protesters were clad in Biafra insignia, chating: “No election in Anambra State. We want referendum. No referendum, no election.”

The governor’s security detail were reported to have promptly locked up the church gates, barring the protesters from entering.

A source who spoke to the press said the governor was eventually smuggled out of the church premises.

The source said: “As their confrontation with the police continued, the IPOB numbers continued to enlarge. I think they were reinforcing from Onitsha. As their number continued to increase, the governor’s security had to smuggle him out of the church.”

A member of Governor Obiano’s media crew however denied that the governor was smuggled out, insisting he waited until the church service was over, and even addressed the issue in church.

“The governor was not smuggled out of the church. The issue was that the security men had to stop the agitators at the gate of the church, when they started shouting ‘no election, no election.’

The governor even addressed the issue while speaking to the congregation. He assured them that there would be election in the state.

He said nobody could stop election in Anambra State. The governor said most of the anti- election protesters are not from Anambra State,” the aide said.

The Commissioner of Police in Anambra State Garba Umar confirmed the incident. He said:

You press people should report this. We will no longer tolerate this impunity from anybody.

Why should they protest to the church? The Church is a place of worship and not a place of protest. It is obvious that they had criminal intention to attack the governor.

The police had to stop them at the gate. If they had dared my men, it would have been a different story. We can’t watch anybody breach public peace in this state. They should be warned to desist from this impunity.

 

12 Comments

  1. Diamond

    July 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Give us restructuring, if you don’t want Biafra. Enough is enough!

    The northern governors say their only condition for restructuring is if the North won’t be politically and economically disadvantaged. Una well done o! But that is what they have continued to do to other regions in the country: controlling other people’s resources.

    The North should stop being lazy, and let Nigeria move forward. If not let’s go our separate ways.

    • Diamond

      July 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      BN, you are yet to post the news of the Yoruba group seeking the creation of Oduduwa republic since Thursday. But if Nnamdi Kanu cough, sneeze, you will hurriedly update, so people can throw mud at the Igbos and insult each other. Kontinu!

      The Hausa fulani are colonizing us internally in this country. Enough!

  2. #TeamJollofRice

    July 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    It is unacceptable to disrupt the holy mass by any guise and this action is a direct confrontation to the Church. My prayer is for them to be liberated from the SPELL as they do not know what they do.. Posterity will bear the concerned people of the NDI ANAMBRA witness. Come Nov 18th, 2017, the mandate given to APGA for the past 10 years shall be re validated. LONG LIVE NDI ANAMBRA and LONG LIVE AKPOKUEDIKE MADUABUROCHUKWU WILLIE OBIANO

  3. mama zee

    July 31, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    i am an easterner but knowing what i’ve read about the outcome of war in books like” There was a country” by Chinua Achebe and ”Terrors of war” by Nnamdi Agbakoba, i don’t think i will like my enemy to engage in war. that said, i believe in RESTRUCTURING” of the constitution and all that cos it sure seems like some areas of the same country are more beneficiaries than some others. The problem is that alot of these youngsters don’t even know what they are fighting for. war is never a way out! ask those in South Sudan they’ll tell you.

  4. nene+

    July 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    @ advert for relocate.com
    When you advertise you shouldn’t be partisan.

  5. Moniker

    July 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Is Willie Obiano the one who decides? The Nigerian Police has been warning them, no one is hailing them for restraining themselves yet IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu are waxing stronger. When the bullets starts flying, please no one should blame them.
    That being said, in referendum or restructuring, it isn’t done by one man or a group of party-less men who think they can march the federal government with force. Instead, they should ask Kanu their champion to via for the seat of the governor. From there, they can pull out of Nigeria.
    If not, their blood will flow.

    • The Real Oma

      July 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      What a totally barbaric comment,
      “If not their blood will flow?”
      How do people come up with comments like this?
      On top protests???

    • Diamond

      July 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      I just confirmed you are an Igbo hater. It is your own blood that will flow. Blood sucking, boko haram like you!
      Your last paragraph made realize you are unintelligent. So it is political parties, not citizens that can demand for restructuring or referendum? How dumb!
      So it is as governor that Nnamdi Kanu can succeed? Really?? If you said as a legislator in the Senate, I would have known your brain is still there.

      Where were you when the North killed the bill for restructuring last week?

    • nene+

      July 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Vampire detected. Another APC mob loving blood. Once they want to spew trash they go with anony/moniker/……
      I don’t like Nnamdi ‘s approach but your master Buhari made him a hero. He was warned….
      @Moniker receive whatever you wish people who have hurt no one in multiple fold. SO BE IT!!!

      These people only chanted, they didn’t kill even a roach, neither did they chase Ambode or elrufai but their own very governor and you are in your dark corner wishing them dead.

      Tufia awon dogs and baboon killers!!!! Govt of death! Tufia

    • nnenne

      August 1, 2017 at 12:30 am

      @ Moniker…..Hmmm. Your statement sounds like a threat
      You ever heard of freedom of speech and expression?
      Our people have been shut up for sooooo long. So much unfairness, injustice and inequality!
      Please allow their need to verbalize! !

  6. bowl

    July 31, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I am very happy about this development. More power to the people I say .
    You see , Nigerians. we will all come to that knowledge where the statics and dynamics of leadership in Nigeria will be unveiled to us all.
    It is basically about these demons you call leaders , it is not about you.
    By voting them (no matter how saintly like Obiano) you empower them to oppress you (relentlessly at that ). Your leaders think alike and act alike . They owe you nothing but the crumbs that fall of their tables. This is what is responsible for the rut every where you visit in this country.
    Your leaders are the overlords over you.
    As a matter of fact the entity called Nigeria is made up these demons and the few rich whom they have signed your wealth to. No ordinary Nigerian appears in the equation called Nigeria.
    Your leaders pay lip service to your needs and aspirations.
    Your don’t have a foundation.
    When we come to this realization, then we will fight with the last drop of our blood to wrest our future and that of our unborn generations from the hands of these people.
    A very disturbing trend is the fact revolutionist have suddenly gone to extinction in this country. The millenials are raised to think and become ” establishment “. For even when the reins of leadership lands on their laps , they still deliver like their oppressive forebears.
    Who will deliver us .

  7. bowl

    July 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Wo BN produce my comment before I vex

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