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Again, MASSOB Condemns Clampdown; Demands Release Of Nabbed Members



Ignatius Okpara, Umuahia

The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has warned against harassment of its members by soldiers in the South Eastern zone of Nigeria, urging the military to concentrate more on combating dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking with newsmen in Aba, Abia state Monday, MASSOB acting Director of Information, Sunny Okereafor decried the manner soldiers recently stormed the venue of its Abia North monthly meeting at Ohafia with four Hilux vans and arrested 12 of their members.

He wondered why the arrest should be made by the Soldiers, despite the fact that the meeting was peaceful while arms were not found on any member.

The MASSOB Spokesman who warned that MASSOB would not take it lightly with the Army should anything sinister happens to any of the members in their custody, adding that this was not the first time his  members would be arrested in such a provocative manner.

“This is not the first time our members are arrested by soldiers without any just cause and we have been pushed to the wall too far and may change our tactics if this persists.

“There is a limit to which the MASSOB can take these reckless displays of naked force on her members by soldiers.

“Imagine soldiers fleeing from the Boko Haram, only to turn around to arrest MASSOB members who are non violent.”

Okereafor who called for the immediate release of the arrested members at Ohafia, gave their names as to Ferguson Okorie, Chika Uluocha, Innocent Kalu, Marshal Akpan, John Kalu Obuh, Ibem Nmecha, Godwin Nwabueze, Evans Okoronkwo, Udonsi Kalu Ogbuka, amongst others

“Failure to release them, we will rise up in our own way to defend the arrested members,” he threatened.


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