Members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) had a rough day on Monday.
They came under a fresh attack from the police and soldiers in Anambra State.
Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) stormed the Ogbaru Regional office of the Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led MASSOB also known as Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) and made some arrests.
Apparently not impressed with the number of arrests, the police returned to the scene but were fiercely resisted by MASSOB members. This prompted them to seek reinforcement from the Nigerian Army.
Operatives of SARS arrested MASSOB’s Anambra North Security Commander, Mr. Christian Oguchi Kato, and four others.
In a swift reaction to the incident, MASSOB gave the security agencies 48 hours to release the detainees to avoid actions that could paralyse the state.
It was further learnt that SARS, supported by the soldiers, took away two motorcycles from the office while other properties worth thousands of naira were destroyed.
Sources said that two hours after the first raid, the SARS team returned to the scene but met severe resistance from the MASSOB members which prompted the team to speed off and called for reinforcement from the soldiers.
The soldiers reportedly arrived at the spot in three Hilux vans but the area had been deserted by MASSOB members.
The Anambra North Zonal Leader of MASSOB, Mr. Emmanuel Omenka, said: “They should not take our non-violence posture for weakness. After 48 hours, if our security man is not released, we will ground business activities in Onitsha and its environs”.
According to him, “we do not know where they have taken five of our members to. The police took two of our motorcycles and ransacked the office and even invited the soldiers to help them kill us.”
In her reaction, the Ogbaru Regional Director of MASSOB, Mrs. Virginia Ubazuonu, condemned the raid, declaring that, “Enough is enough; we can no longer take this.”
The Police Commissioner, Sam Okuala, did not respond to calls on his mobile phone.
IPOB welcomes S/East Govs’ new stand on Nnamdi Kanu
Meanwhile, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) have commended the South East Governors’ Forum for summoning the courage at last to call for the release of their detained leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
The group, in a statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, urged the governors to be resolute in demanding for the rights of Ndigbo as Nnamdi Kanu had done over the years.
He said: “This is the first time in recorded history that South East Governors have stood boldly to align themselves with the interest of the masses, which in this case, is the call on President Muhammadu Buhari to end the injustice against the people of Biafra by releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader. If they had summoned the courage like Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and former Anambra State Governor Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, the South East wouldn’t have been in such a moral mess as it is today. We hope this new-found boldness will extend to their speaking up for the victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks in our rural communities.”