The Nigeria Police, on Tuesday, arrested about 10 suspected member of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra and the Biafra Independent Movement Port Harcourt while they were celebrating the 18th anniversary of MASSOB.
The members of the two groups were arrested at Garrison Junction along Aba-Port Harcourt expressway, while they were embarking on a rally in Port Harcourt, through Mile One Market and some streets in the Rivers State capital.
Solomon Chukwu, the leader of the movement said MASSOB and BIM members, who were arrested, were taken to Olu Obasanjo Police Station.
He said that MASSOB and BIM were non-violent registered groups and wondered why they should be treated in such a manner.
“I am not happy about the development. I met the security people and told them what we are doing that we are not violent, but they asked us to close and go. They did not give us the chance to go.
“They arrested our people on uniform. Our coming out is not that we took them unawares. They are aware. We are meant to go to Eleme Junction, but because of their action, we stopped here at Garrison. We will follow up with the people they have arrested to secure their release.
“I am calling on the FG that MASSOB is none violent and we are a registered organisation. We are shocked that they decided to treat us like this,” Chukwu said.
According to tony a member of the group, the rally was aimed at increasing the consciousness of the people and government on the need for the creation of Biafra.
“The rally this morning is to mark our 18 years of existence after it was formed in the year 2000 by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike. The call for the reawakening of the call for the creation of Biafra State is part of the reason for this rally,” Tony added.
According to Punch, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, the State Police Public Relations Officer, said that he had not been brought to speed as regards the issue, he however promise to confirm the situation report from the Divisional Police Officers of the affected areas.
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