Fredrick Nwajagu, the Eze Igbo of Ajao Estate in Lagos, was apprehended in a nocturnal assault by agents of the Nigerian Police and Department of State Security. (DSS).
According to reports, Nwajagu was apprehended by police early on Saturday morning at a motel in Ejigbo where he was allegedly concealing.
In a widely shared video, Nwajagu had vowed to call in members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to protect the homes and enterprises of Igbo people in Lagos State.
This was primarily related to reports of purported racial assaults on Igbo residents of Lagos after the 2023 general elections.
“IPOB, we’ll invite them,” he said. They are unemployed. The entire IPOB will defend all of our stores. And we must compensate them. For that, we must mobilize. We must carry out that. In order for them to cease assaulting us at nighttime, in the morning, and in the afternoon, we must have our own protection.
“They will exercise care once they learn that we have protection in place before they arrive. No words I utter are being kept a secret. I won’t keep my thoughts to myself; let them spread widely. In Lagos State, Igbo must assert their rights and take a position.
According to a police source, Nwajagu was apprehended at 1:00am on Saturday after combined police and DSS teams tracked him to a motel in Ejigbo.
No formal comment regarding the event had been made as of the time this story was filed.