By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reinforced its accusation on the Commissioner for Homeland Security in Anambra State, Mr Chikodili Anara, of being responsible for the insecurity in the state, calling for his arrest.
The group had a week ago made the same allegation, alleging that the commissioner ran a group of armed men whom they accused of perpetrating insecurity.
Anara had however denied the allegation, saying that the group was being sponsored to tarnish his image.
In the latest press release by IPOB, which was signed by the spokesperson of the group, Mr Emma Powerful, the group called for the arrest of the commissioner.
The group listed some Anambra communities in Awka North Local Government Area as the area where Anara harboured armed men and had been terrorising the indigenes.
‘The atrocities happening in these communities (Awka North) were masterminded by Anambra Homeland Security Commissioner, Chikodili Anara, aka Igbakigba.
‘Anambra State Governor must investigate his Homeland Security Commissioner, Chikodili Anara’s relationship with some criminals operating in the above named communities and Ogbaru.
‘We maintain that Chikodili Anara, aka Igbakigba, is sponsoring these criminals operating in these communities. He should be questioned about what is happening at Isiodo, Ugwuaborshi and Achalla and those who are operating near his sister’s house.
‘The commissioner, Anara, must explain why his security outfit refused to chase those criminals away. Is it because they are partners in crime?’ Powerful queried.
In a previous reply to IPOB’s accusation, Anara said Powerful had been in contact with him, trying to extort him over a publication he said he intended to release.
His words, ‘He has been out to blackmail me, and has been calling me since then and I have told him expressly that I will never part with a Kobo for him.’