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125 Arrested As MASSOB Marks 19th Anniversary In Anambra



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125 Arrested As MASSOB Marks 19th Anniversary In Anambra

125 Arrested As MASSOB Marks 19th Anniversary In Anambra

No fewer than 125 members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the

Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were yesterday arrested while many

others sustained injury during a rally to mark the 19th anniversary

celebration of the organization in Anambra.

Security personnel from the Nigerian Army, Police, Directorate of

Security Services and Civil Defense stormed the venue of the rally at

Ifitedunu in Dunukofia Local Government Area of the state at about

12noon to effect the arrest.

Although, no death was recorded, Chief Arinze Igbani, Biafra Elder

Council claimed in an interview with newsmen that many of his members

sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of alleged assault

and subsequent arrest by the security operatives.

According to him, three bus-load of MASSOB members including Gen.

Innocent Ejioforbiri, the General of Biafra veterans, Anambra South

zone and other Biafra war veterans some of whom are octogenarians were

ceased by the security operatives while returning home from similar

celebrations at Uga in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.

He also claimed that two other buses were destroyed by the security

operatives during the raid.

“Today, Anambra state and the Federal Government collaborated to

molest Ndigbo who came out to celebrate non-violently, the 19th

anniversary of MASSOB

“This is in spite of the fact that MASSOB/BIM gave huge support for

the conduct of governorship elections in the state as against the

positions of some elements in 2017.

“The MASSOB/BIM are giving the Federal Government and the state

Government one week to unconditionally release innocent people who

came out to celebrate peacefully. If government fail to release them

unconditionally within one week, we will organize heavy protest that

will shut down the state.

“There is no place in the law anywhere in the world that states that

people should not celebrate,” he said.

He urged members of the organization to remain calm and peaceful while

they await the response of government to its demand.

He also urged the international communities to come to its rescue and

support its call for the realization of Biafra.

It could be recalled that MASSOB was inaugurated by Chief Ralph

Uwazuruike on Sept. 13, 1999 to further press home the demand for the

actualization of Biafra.

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