Bring #Back Our Girls Protest: MASSOB, CLO Clash in AnambraLatest News, News From The State Thursday, June 12th, 2014
From Ignatius Okpara, Onitsha
A peaceful protest by members of the Civil Liberties Organization, (CLO) Anambra State chapter in Onitsha, over the abduction of Chibok school girls turned violent on Wednesday as armed thugs suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) attacked some activists including the state CLO chairman, Comrade Alloysius Attah.
The protesters, who marched along major streets in Onitsha, were allegedly waylaid by over 20 suspected MASSOB members at Post Office, on Old Market Road, Onitsha.
Our Correspondent learnt that the attackers, who allegedly used various dangerous weapons, pounced on the protesters and injured dozens of them, a situation that put the Chairman in coma. African Examiner gathered that the Chairman, Comrade Attah was allegedly pushed into drainage with his suit torn, while others also received several beaten by the thugs.
In a chat later with African Examiner CLO Chairman who is also a media Practitioner in one of the national dailies, explained that the clandestine plan of the attackers was to disrupt the exercise, alleging that some of the assailants were on the pay slip of the “Federal Government sponsored attack”.
He however maintained that no amount of harassment or intimidation would deter him and his organization from speaking against evils in the society.
MASSOB Deputy Director of Information, Mr. Chris Mocha, when contacted claimed responsibility for the attack, confirming that his organization did not want such protest in the South-East which he alleged was sponsored to smear the image of the Federal government and President Goodluck Jonathan.
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