VON DG, Osita Okechukwu

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has said that it does not make any meaning to arrest Arewa youths who issued a quit notice to the Igbos to leave the 19 states of Northern Nigeria.

Okechukwu stated this on Sunday, while reacting to the speech Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo made during the inauguration of 100 man advisory committee on economic and political affairs, in Enugu at the weekend.

Nwodo in his speech said, “what remains worrisome is the incapacity of the police to make needful arrests in the situation pointing to double standards from our security forces”

Reacting, Mr. Okechukwu said the non-arrest of Yerima Shetimma and other Arewa youths for what he called “their arrant, unpatriotic, unconstitutional and provocative quit notice” is strategic.

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In a statement at Akpakwume Nze, Enugu State, on Sunday, Okechukwu disagreed with Nwodo that the security agencies were playing double standards by not making arrests over the quit notice.

He recalled that it was the arrest and long detention of an equally provocative, unpatriotic and unknown Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that made him a celebrity.

“His detention gave rise to the disgusting and sordid situation in the country today.

“I thinks the non-arrest of Yerima Shetima and cohorts of the Arewa Youths for their arrant, unpatriotic, unconstitutional and provocative quit notice is strategic. Strategic in the sense that more than any other factor was the arrest and long detention of harmless, but as well provocative Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which led to this sordid scenario. Detention made Kanu with no fixed address became an instant celebrity. Had Kanu not been arrested his agitation could have fizzled out unnoticed”, the VON DG said.

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Asked whether he consulted the Inspector General of the Police before coming to this conclusion, Okechukwu quipped: “I didn’t consult the Inspector General of the Police or any security officer for that matter, but common sense.

“The security chiefs might have reasoned that it is better to allow the storm to boil over, instead of creating another celebrity. As time is the healer of all wounds.

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“Am surprised why Chief Nnia Nwodo, our President General, who loves us, the millions of Ndigbo who live in the north more than ourselves did not worry, why Nnamdi Kanu was not rearrested after serial violation of court order.

“Is it not double standard to allow somebody who flagrantly violates court order to move about freely? If by the same token, Kanu is not rearrested, I bet you that his sponsors will thin down”, he said.

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