Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, stormed St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ekwulobia, Anambra on Sunday to confront Anambra state governor Willie Obiano about the upcoming governorship election in the state.
Governor WIllie Obiano was at the church for Sunday Mass when the pro-Biafra agitators arrived in buses. Dressed in Biafran colours and waving Biafran flags, they made it past the church gate and tried to force their way into the church building. The Governor’s security kept them from gaining entrance into the church, yet from their place outside the church building, they tried to disrupt the Mass as they protested the election and said it will not hold come November 18.
“No election in Anambra State”, “We want referendum”, they chanted. Efforts to calm them down proved abortive as their number only increased and they confronted the policemen trying to restore order.
The Anambra State Police Commissioner Mr. Garba Umar confirmed the incident and warned that the police would no longer tolerate such impunity.
He said: “You, press people should report this and that is that 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