The Department of State Services (DSS) has stated that Chief Fredrick Nwajagu, the embattled Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate, Lagos State will be transferred to Abuja from the Lagos holding facility.
This was disclosed by a security source at the DSS Headquarters, Abuja.
The source noted that Chief Fredrick Nwajagu is in the custody of the DSS in Lagos but he is expected to be taken to Abuja as he may not be alone.
“We have said before that there are people who are threatening the peace of the nation. The country will not allow anyone to plunge it into avoidable crisis.” The source added.
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Daily Report Nigeria earlier reported that Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate in Lagos State, Fredrick Nwajagu, was arrested for threatening to invite the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Lagos to provide security for Igbos and their properties in the state.
In a viral video on Friday, Eze Ndigbo 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.
However, a police source confirmed on Saturday that the Igbo leader was arrested in the early hours of the day following a joint operation by 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.
Reacting to the development, the leadership of the Lagos State chapter of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said the comments made by Nwajagu did not represent the ideals of the Igbo people in Lagos.
The President of the socio-cultural group, Chief Solomon Ogbonna-Aguene, said the detained chief would be made to face the music alone, adding that he spoke out of his interest.
“He (Igbo leader) did not discuss his statement with any of us. The comments are his personal decisions and for his personal interests. Ohanaeze does not support such comment as its views.
“There are some comments that should not be heard from us as a socio-cultural organisation. We are supposed to be apolitical.
“We are not in support of what Chief Fredrick said. For him to mention that he is going to bring IPOB to Lagos is completely unnecessary. No Igbo person will support such arrangement. So, he is the one that will answer for himself. Let him go and face the music,” he said.
Ogbonna-Aguene explained that Igbo people had not found things easy with IPOB even in the South-East, stating that it was unfair for Nwajagu to threaten to invite the group to Lagos.
“Why then should he bring it up here in Lagos? If he wants to speak to IPOB, he should have met with them in his personal capacity, not as Eze Igbo. Who gave him the power to speak on Igbo interest,” Ogbonna-Aguene queried.