Police arrest 14 MASSOB members during procession

MASSOB protest

The police command in Anambra said 14 suspected members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were arrested in Onitsha for alleged illegal procession.

Nkeiruka Nwode, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, made the disclosure in an interview with journalists in Onitsha on Tuesday.

Ms. Nwode, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the arrests were carried out in different parts of the town during a procession by the group to mark 17 years of its existence.

She said the persons were arrested for illegal procession, adding that no life was lost in the confusion that followed the arrest of the members.

However, the Religious Administrator of MASSOB, Apostle Ezichukwu, said more than 50 members of the group were arrested, with 20 missing and one person allegedly shot by the police.

Mr. Ezichukwu, a reverend pastor, who said the procession was peaceful, wondered why the police arrested members of the group.

He said security personnel from the Army, Police, Navy and NSCDC were detaining MASSOB members at the Army Barracks, Onitsha, police headquarters, Awka and other police stations.

Ahead of the protest, Mr. Eziukwu had assured that there would no violence as MASSOB members will conduct themselves peacefully.

Also speaking, the Anambra North Zonal Leader of MASSOB, Benjamin Omenka, appealed for the release of those arrested and urged members of the group to be patient.

According to him, the present call for restructuring by some segments of the country came as a result of the fear for Biafra independence by those who have tied the country down.

“Let the whole world know that we are resolute in our stand for a Biafra Republic.

“It is not compulsory that we shall remain one indivisible nation, so they should allow us to go to our Promised Land,” he said, adding that the agitation would remain a peaceful one. (NAN)

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  • Truth Justice Equity

    It is terrible that Nigerian police shall deploy its men to arrest,detain,intimidate members of an organization engaging in a peaceful procession without any violence inclinations, kill their members, humiliate them,and dehumanize them while at the same time turning their eyes and attentions away from a well armed Fulani herdsmen who are going about levying gruesome wars on Nigerians and their farming communities, murdering Nigerian citizens at random. Discrimination, cheating and unequal treatment breeds discord,anarchy and trouble. Buhari must ensure that Nigerians are not oppressed by his government in their own country. The right to assemble under a peaceful atmosphere is one of the cardinal gifts from our nations constitution.

  • Wetin Naija

    Why is the Nigeria Police arresting people that not causing any problem. I believe in one Nigeria, but I do not support the idea of the government terrorizing peaceful people. This police state harassment of people must stop

    • Ndidi


      it has a proceedure. Not just set of people trying to force it on others.
      Tha t is why thus far, no other well – meaqning body has had any say in it.
      Kanu or whatever the leader is holds a British passport.

      If whatever he had been doing was legal, the British and the EU would have solicited on his behalf.

      Treasonable felony

      This is another related but long story entirely!

      People need to know what they are doing not just because of sentiments.
      Most international bodies beleve that the Nigerian Government has been more than tolerant.

      Please confirm this with anybody that has education in international law.
      They will tell you that these MASSOB or whatever are merely fooling aroun etc

      • UOU

        You are just terrible, urging evil but if you don’t regret it now, then you would later, many has thought and behaved like you ion the past and came to their senses very late and lived in regrets all through their life

  • Tunji Olarewaju

    If 50 were arrested, and the police is 14, then…36 dead men on the biafools chest, yo hoho and a bottle of akpeteshi !

  • Tori Osa

    According to him, the present call for restructuring by some segments of the country came as a result of the fear for Biafra independence by those who have tied the country down.

    Is he talking about GEJ?

  • Oluwasanmi Yusuf

    Let them be detain there forever and even capture more of them, we are talking about revamping the country from the wrongs they are busy talking about one MOSSOB, those greedy people

  • danliti

    What i usually remind us is that, no nation have ever been broken on the table like kola nut ,in the history of the world and you can see that in southern sudan been the youngest country in the world hiw they got their own country after 25 years of civil war that claimed uncountable lives and yet, they are in serious war. By and large,if MASSOB realy need it independent from Nigeria then the shuold get prapered to lunch a war and take it by force. Otherwise, the earlier they forget the better for them.