The crisis rocking the Youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership nearly caused disaster yesterday, at the National Secretariat of the organisation, located at No. 7 Parks Avenue, GRA, Enugu, as the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor Enwo Igariwey; National secretary, Dr Joe Nwaorgu and some others, narrowly escaped being hit by stray bullet fired by a police officer.
Professor Igariwey and members of his executive had assembled at the secretariat for a NEC meeting that will discuss issues bordering on the crisis rocking the Mazi Christopher Isiguzoro-led Youth Wing of Ohanaeze, which obviously has broken into two factions.
But sooner had they started than a faction of the Youth Wing against the leadership of Mazi Isiguzoro leadership of Ohaneze, led by the National Publicity Secretary, Obinna Adibe, stormed the secretariat with some police men from the Enugu Area Command to arrest one of the youth leaders by name Alex Okemiri, whom he claimed in his petition to the Area command of Nigeria Police Command Enugu, impersonated him in the text messages he circulated to members, for a meeting.
The attempt to whisk Mr Alex Okemiri away by the policemen from the Area Command who were on plain clothes resulted in a great scuffle among the members of the Youth Wing, who were present at the Ohanaeze secretariat, even when Professor Igariwey and Dr Joe Nwaorgu, who are the umpires of the parent body of Ohanaeze Ndigbo intervened.
At a point, the police orderly attached to the Enugu deputy state chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Hon Ogochukwu Onyema, had to release a gun shot to scatter the struggle. At this point, Professor Igariwey, Dr Nwaorgu and other members of the executive,who has gathered for the NEC meeting scampered for their safety.
Attempts to get the reaction of President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor Igariwey on the development before filling this report proved abortive since he didn’t pick his call. The President of Ohanaeze Youth Wing, Mazi Isiguzoro in a telephone chat admitted that there was a crisis of which a police man fired a shot to quench the rioting youths but said the rioting was based on dissenting voices over the last conference staged at Owerri by Ohanaeze, and not targeted on his leadership because there’s no crisis of leadership in the Youth Wing, Isiguzoro stated.