The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) says its recent sit at home protest across the South East zone would be an annual event.
In a statement by signed by MASSOB administrator for Aba Region B, Lady Comfort Ogbuokiri, the group stated that arrests by the police if it was intended to cow members of the organization was an effort in futility as the sit-at-home was going to be an annual event and that police can not stop them.
Ogbuokiri who spoke through her Director of Information, Chidi Okoro said if observing the sit-at-home every June 8 was the best way to remember the six Igbo youths killed by the police in Apo, Abuja otherwise known as the Apo six and others in different parts of the North by Boko Haram, the organization had no apologies to make.
She condemned the action of the police which according to her had seen clamping down on MASSOB as their primary assignment despite the non violent posture the organization adopted for the struggle.
“If police think they will weaken us through the arrests of our members, they are joking for we have determined that the sit-it-home protest is now going to be a yearly affair and their intimidation can not stop us,” she said.
Ogbuokiri thanked the leader of the group for his doggedness and commended residents of Aba for their unflinching support to the ideals and goals of the organization, stressing that with more of such support in the years ahead, MASSOB would achieve her aim.
MASSOB alleged that police in Aba had during the sit at home protest arrested about 20 of their members along the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway while monitoring the sit-at-home exercise and whisked them to Umuahia without trial and have remained in detention since then.