MASSOB threatens to sue police over human rights abuses

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BY NWABUEZE OKONKWO
ONITSHA – The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB may have concluded arrangements to drag the police authorities to court, including the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP and the Divisional Police Officer, DPO at Otuocha, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state, for unlawfully raiding its Anambra North Zonal office at Umueri, last week

The MASSOB’s Deputy National Director of Information, Mazi Chris Mocha who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in Onitsha, shortly after its crucial meeting in Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area, said their lawyers have been briefed on the issue.

Mocha recalled that MASSOB was founded on September 13,1999 by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike to press for the realization of the state of Biafra when it became obvious that Ndigbo had been excluded from the list of national security council members of the security council and were rather offered valueless positions in Chief Olusegun Obasango’s administration.

Mocha noted that the said struggle for the state of Biafra was intended to be achieved through non-violence, to the extent that since the inception of MASSOB, all their activities have been carried out in non-violence manner as the organization has not recorded any incident where any one’s death or destruction of property could be traceable to the organization.

He regretted that inspite of its non-violence posture, the police have in so many instances visited MASSOB members with untold incidences of violence, including the destruction of its offices at Omor, Ayamelum Local Government Area, carting away of its valuable items, documents, among others.

MASSOB also recalled that on Monday, March 17, 2014 at about 2 p.m, a team of polcemen from Otuocha Division in Anambra East L.G.A numbering about 11, stormed its zonal office along Oyeagu-Otuocha road, Umudiani village, Umueri, broke the doors and windows and allegedly carted away seven plastic chairs each valued at N1,400; two GSM Navigator handsets each valued at N33,000; a centre table valued at N4,500, a Biafra flag in front of the office and whisked off three of its members, including Mr. Chidi Igweoba, Mike Ezeh and Uchenna Okeke.

He further recalled that in the evening of Tuesday, March 18, the police also repeated their regular invasion when a passer-by, Mr. Okechukwu Udeogu was arrested and forced to climb a tree in other to remove the Biafra flag at gun point.

But when Okechukwu could not climb the tall tree, he fell down and became unconscious until the DPO ordered his men to put him in a waiting HILUX van and was taken to undisclosed hospital for treatment.

Mocha who is also MASSOB’s Zonal leader for Anambra North, frowned that although the three arrested members have been released on payment of N10,000, N12,000 and N13,500 each as bail fee, Okechukwu is yet to return even as his health situation is still uncertain.

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