Chimaobi Nwaiwu, Nnewi.
Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has revealed that plans are in top gear by the security operatives especially the police to embark on extra judicial killing of its members since the members are always granted bail whenever they are taken to court.
Meanwhile,48 members of the group arrested during the last week Sunday Celebration of 16th Anniversary of the existence of MASSOB have been granted bail by an Umuahia court.
Disclosing this to newsmen yesterday in Onitsha Anmabra State, the Anambra North Coordinator of MASSOB, Emmanuel Omenka said the plot to eliminate their members on arrest became rife immediately after the release of 48 members arrested during the Celebration of 16th anniversary of the existence of the movement.
According to Omenka who is also the Personal Assistance to MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike “the security operatives particularly the Nigerian Police and their DSS counterparts were annoyed that the Umuahia court granted 48 detained members bail and now plan to kill us in the night or any time they arrest our members since the court has disappointed them by not jailing those arrested during the celebration of our 16 years of existence.”
Flanked by his Director of Information,Charles Igbokwe, the Anambra North Coordinator revealed that out of the 48 released members, 42 were arrested from Anambra state while Six were from Imo state.
“We are still looking for the where-about of one member, Christopher Nwafor who was wearing MASSOB
uniform during the celebration that day, the police should tell us his where-about, we fear that police has killed him if not they should tell us where he is”.
In a swift reaction to the arrest and purported constant Killing of MASSOB members, a factional MASSOB group that claimed to be the authentic MASSOB led by former Director of Information to MASSOB under Chief Ralph Uwazurike before they fell out, Mr Uchenna Madu accused Chief Uwazuruike of sacrificing his members for selfish reasons.
Madu who is spokesman of his group, said, “Our faction sympathizes with the brainwashed and hypnotized members of Uwazuruike faction who stupidly died and or were detained on the occasion of
celebrating the 16 years Anniversary and after police invasion of Uwazuruike’s residence opposite Ojukwu Memorial Library at Owerri, Imo state”.
“Recall that after some consultations with Abuja, Ralph Uwazuruike was released
after assuring the police that the Anniversary will not hold.When he returned back to Owerri he fled to Lagos without telling his members to call off the anniversary or celebrate indoors, that was the height of that mans wickedness and heartlessness, we pity the victims and are telling them to shine their eyes ” he said