Lagos election: Ndi Eze Ndi Igbo calls on
Sanwo-Olu to release detained chief
SUPREME Council of Ndi Eze Ndi Igbo in Lagos, has called on the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to release one of their traditional rulers, Eze Chinedu Mozie, detained by the police during the just concluded elections
The traditional ruler was detained by the police after he challenged thugs that stopped him and his people from voting in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections at the riverine community of Ibasa Satellite town.
According to a press statement by the chairman, vice-chairman and secretary of the council, Eze Lawrence Eze, Eze Vincent Iwobi and Eze Edwin Obi , Eze Mozie was manhandled and beaten up after he resisted an attempt by the thugs numbering over 50 to lynch him, as he ran into the palace of the Bale of the community for refuge
The Bale allegedly handed him over to the police, who arrested and took him to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Bureau (SCIIB), Panti, Yaba, and he is still being detained.
“On March 18, 2023, Eze Mozie went out as the leader of Igbo community in Ibasa riverine to exercise his constitutional right of voting. In the course of doing this, he was accosted by Oba of Ibasa community, who bluntly told him that the Igbos were no longer allowed to participate in any electoral process in Lagos State, that it was an order from above.
“Eze Mozie explained that he has the constitutional right as a tax-paying citizen to exercise his voting right in his place of domicile. This explanation fell on deaf ears as the Oba authorised the youths of the community with masquerades to resist the Igbo community led by Eze Mozie from casting their votes by manhandling him.
“In a twinkle of an eye, it degenerated into physical exchange of blows with the use of cudgels, broken bottles, cutlasses and all manner of dangerous weapons by the Oba and his people against the Eze and other Igbos.
“Consequently, Eze tried to defend himself to avoid being lynched and ran into the palace of the Oba, who immediately summoned the police to effect the arrest of Eze Mozie by the police from Panti, while Eze Mozie was bleeding profusely from all parts of his body, unable to walk or talk and he is currently being detained at Panti.”
However, the victim and Igbo community have lived peacefully with their host until the ugly incident, the statement, observed.