Mr. Chukwuemeka Ferdinand Opara a. k.a Dan-Satch. High life, music maestro and leader of the famous Oriental Brothers International Band of Owerri, Imo State has alleged that his son Chidi Opara was arrested on Tuesday by men of the security operatives he believed was sent by the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.
Chidi was said to have been arrested inside a recording studio at Nekede, near Owerri, Imo State, where he had gone to put finishing touches to his forthcoming album, which was reportedly dedicated to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. He was released on Friday night after three days in detention.
Speaking to Daily Sun, Dan-Satch revealed that the men believed to be sent by Okorocha was first attempted to arrest his son while he (the son) was rehearsing near his house. But the moves by the suspected security operatives were resisted, because according to him, he saw nothing wrong in any musician singing about anybody. He added
“I told those who came to stop my son that in Oriental Brothers Band, we do not sing 419 music and that there was nothing wrong if my son who has taken over from where I stopped decides to sing about Biafra and its leader.
“We all are Biafrans including my son. In fact, during the war, I fought on the Biafra side and I’m still all out for Biafra. Therefore, it is silly for anybody to arrest Chidi for singing about Biafra and Nnamdi Kanu”.
According to Dan-Satch, “when I thought that everything was over, on Tuesday, when my son went to a recording studio at Nekede to put finishing touches to his new album, some policemen and members of the Network Security sent by Okorocha went there, arrested and detained him for three days. If my son had sung to praise President Muhammadu Buhari or Okorocha himself, they could have given him an award. But now that he sang to praise the IPOB leader, he has committed an offence,” Dan-Satch noted.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Okorocha, Sam Onwuemeodo, denied the allegation, saying the music maestro did not know what he was talking about.
“Gov. Okorocha is too busy and sophisticated to be interested in what music anybody is producing. He will in all honesty like to listen to such music if it’s worth his attention,” he said.