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Uwazuruike, MASSOB leader, detained

Owerri—Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has been detained by the police for allegedly detaining Pascal Okorie.

Mr Aloysius Okorie, the Commissioner of Police in Imo, told newsmen in Owerri that Uwazuruike was invited for interrogation for illegally keeping Pascal, a Nigerian-born U.S. citizen, in his custody.

Uwazuruike, who arrived at the police headquarters in Owerri in the morning of yesterday with two of his aides, was ushered into the Police Commissioner’s office for a closed-door meeting.

The two aides were later ordered out of the Commissioner’s office and told to wait for their leader.
“Uwazuruike never denied the illegal detention allegation and this made our job easy so far,” Okorie said.

He said that Uwazuruike admitted that Pascal had been detained in a MASSOB cell at Okwe, Onuimo Local Government Area, for four days “for saying that the Anambra governorship election on February 6 would not hold.

“Uwazuruike said that his problem with Pascal was ‘an internal matter’. Let him wait until he succeeds in his Biafra struggle. He cannot try this with me here. We, who fought the Biafran war, are not behaving like this, let alone someone who never saw the war,”  he said.

Okorie said that if Uwazuruike felt that Pascal’s statement constituted a security threat, he should have handed him over to security agents instead of detaining him.

He said that a lady from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Intelligence, FBI, had been calling his office to get details of Pascal’s detention.

The Police Commissioner said that he had informed the Office of the Inspector-General of Police about the development.

Okorie said that Uwazuruike had been asked to direct his aides to release Pascal and bring him to the police headquarters in Owerri.


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