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Police seize 114 Biafran flags, pounds from MASSOB members

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The Police are set to arraign six members of
the Movement for the Actualisation of the
Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), for
alleged illegal activities. The suspected MASSOB leaders arrested on
August 6 according to Delta Police are: Ndubisi
Ezeocha, 20, Francis Onuigbo, 28, Emeka
Izigbo, 28 and Andrew Nwufulu, 26 Delta Police spokesman Lucky Uyabeme who
gave the names added: “On August 7, one
Emeka Okafor ‘m’ aged 52 years, a native of
Nkanu in Enugu State and the acclaimed leader
of the group was arrested with five other
suspects.” Uyabeme, an ASP, said the suspects would be
charged to court at the end of investigation. He listed the items recovered from them to
include, 114 Biafran flags, two boots, 129
Biafran pounds and ten shillings. Others things recovered from them he said,
include: 32 membership forms and other
documents, ten pairs of complete Biafran
uniforms with name tags, three cutlasses,
seven hard cover notebooks for minutes of
meeting, two military belts and one expended cartridge. He said the police would not allow any part of
the state to be used as breeding ground for
any criminal activity, insisting that acts of the
suspects were “treasonable and the
government will not condone such
lawlessness.” Okafor, who is the Coordinator of MASSOB in
Anioma/Ndokwa East region, said he was
arrested last week and has been in police
detention. in police detention. Police accused the suspects of attacking
vigilance men at Powerline and Ominigboma
areas of Asaba. Okofor insisted that they were arrested
because of the growing popularity of MASSOB. His words: “This is a sector, how can we go and
attack them. They are afraid that if MASSOB
continues to be visible, they would not
continue to harass people. They are street
people. “Nothing much happened, there were people
that came there and wanted to sympathise with
flood victims and three of my members went
there. Unfortunately one of them, who has not
been given proper MASSOB training, went with
them. “And while there, they were pushing each other
trying to get space and in the process the
vigilance people slapped one of my boys and
he retaliated. And then the vigilante people
called policemen from ‘B’ Division. Instead of
coming to settle the matter, the police started arresting our members, nothing again.” He said MASSOB remained a peaceful
association that is going about its activities
without intimidating, harassing or attacking
members of the public, adding that they were
attacked by crooks who removed everything
that the police paraded as exhibits. “We did not go on road block neither did we go
on demonstration. We were at a place and they
went there to search everything. Those boys
are crooks, they searched everywhere and
brought out these moneys. The money is for
me, we keep the money knowing that it is a legal tender to the Biafran people, so we hide it
because we know the quality of it,” he said.


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