A five-day meeting of the Bishops of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, in Awka, Anambra State was hurriedly called off on Wednesday, as the clergymen hurriedly left the state following the threat issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
IPOB had on Sunday warned residents in the South-East to stay in doors on September 23 as a mark of solidarity as it carries out a worldwide rally to protest the continuous incarceration of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The pro-Biafra group had threatened that markets, banks and other institutions should be shut down, while movement restricted.
The 170 Bishops who were attending the meeting, for fear of been trapped abruptly ended the conference which was scheduled to end on Friday.
Earlier in the conference, the Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Revd Nicolas Okoh, had expressed fear that the clergymen could be trapped in the state should the conference continues as scheduled.
Okoh had appealed to the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to prevail on the secessionist group to shelve their scheduled protest because it would affect their activities and movement.
“We are not against whatever their agitations are, but we ask them to wait until we leave Awka on Friday.
“If they go on to carry out that protest, we may be trapped in Anambra as the Niger Bridge is the only exit from Anambra State.
“So, help us beg them to allow us to go,” the Primate enjoined Obiano.