By Praise Necherem
The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Biafran Independent Movement (BIM) have raised alarm over continued harassment and detention of its members despite their non-violence stance.
The group lamented latest detention of a security chief in the organisation, TochukwuEnyioha, who, it alleged, was detained at Awada Police Station, Obosi, Anambra state since last week Wednesday without access to his family members and medication.
Addressing newsmen in Onitsha, the body’s regional director of information for Awka South zone,Ndukwe disclosed that Enyioha was first attacked by members of a vigilante group.
He said, “Members of the vigilante in UgwuagbaObosi allegedly working for one Akachukwu instigated the attack thinking that the MASSOB-BIM leader was taking sides in a leadership crisis they have in UgwuagbaObosi.”
Also speaking, MASSOB-BIM Elder-in-Council and Leader for Awka South zone, Chief Arinze Igbani, alleged that the police working in synergy with the Ugwuagba community leader detained Enyioha and denied him bail for refusing to implicate the other party in the community leadership dispute at UgwuagbaObosi.
“Two other members, Friday Okoro and KelechukwuEze were physically injured by the vigilante who had earlier fired gunshots on them but the bullets could not harm them before police was invited to arrest them,” he added.
While noting that the group had always been guided by their principle of not dabbling into town union or community leadership issues, Igbani called for the immediate release of the detained member. He added, “Most of our members in Okpoko, Awada and Ugwuagba axis are becoming restive and may be forced to take action if the police fail to leave their members alone in their non-violent pursuit for Biafran independence.”
When contacted, divisional police officer in charge of Awadapolice division, CSP Tony Adeyi, declined comments on the matter.