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Free Our Members Before Handover, MASSOB Begs Jonathan

Posted: May 18, 2015 at 9:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to order the release of its members before he hands over power on May 29, 2015.

The MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in a press statement, urged  President Jonathan to act in line with the spirit of forgiveness, justice, love and reconciliation being experienced among political gladiators, opponents and enemies in Nigeria and also in the interest of Ndigbo.

Madu said the members had been languishing in prison since 2007 and urged him to order their release as a parting gift to Ndigbo before he leaves office.

The names of the detained MASSOB members at Awka prison, he said, are Sebastian Amadi, Ikechukwu Chikwem, Peter Igbokwe, Uchenna Nicholas, Uche Idika, Casmir Odokara, Eni Kalu, Chidiebere Ezekwem, Chima Asoh (cripple), Ojimba Anyanwu and Ndubuisi Okam.

Others are Emmanuel Orji, Michael Okezie, Ikechukwu Aghari, Mmaduabuchi Asika, Chinwike Irondi and  Chukwuma Kalu.

He also gave the names of those at Onitsha prison. They are Innocent Orji, Chukwuebuka Ikenwa, Amah Onu, Okwudiri Basil (female) and Onyekachi Orji (female) while those in Enugu are Benjamin Onwuka (Leader of Biafra Zionist Movement), and 12 other members detained in Enugu prisons.

He lamented the plight of 22 members of MASSOB detained in Awka and Onitsha prisons since April 2007 and that of 13 members of the Biafra Zionist Movement detained in Enugu Prison since the past two years on frivolous charges of treasonable felony.

He noted that several court adjournments, transfer of judges who want to establish justice and systematic delay of trial had been used to frustrate their release at Federal High Court, Awka and State High Court, Ogidi and Federal High Court, Enugu.

“MASSOB appeals to President Jonathan to intervene and effect their release because of their aged parents who have suffered psychological trauma,”  he said, adding that many of them are bread winners of their families.