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MASSOB Faction Condemns Uwazuruike Amid Allegations Of Plot To Kill Members

Posted: Sep 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka


The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has alleged that there are plans by security agents, “especially the police” to embark on extra-judicial killing of its members since the members are always granted bail whenever they are taken to court.

The Anambra North coordinator of organisation, Emmanuel Omenka, said the plot became rife immediately after the release of 48 members arrested during the celebration of 16th anniversary of the movement.

According to Omenka, who is also the personal Assistance to MASSOB leader, Ralph Uwazuruike, “The security operatives, especially the police, were annoyed that an Umuahia high court granted 48 detained members bail and now plan to kill us in the night or any time they arrest our members since the court has disappointed them by not jailing those  arrested during the celebration of our 16 years of existence.”

However, in a reaction to the arrest and purported Killing of MASSOB members, a rival group with Comrade Uchenna Madu as its spokesman accused Uwazuruike of sacrificing his members for selfish reasons.

Madu said in a statement: “Our faction sympathises with the brainwashed and hypnotised members  of Uwazuruike faction who stupidly died and or were detained on the occasion of celebrating the 16 years anniversary and after police invasion of Uwazuruike’s residence opposite Ojukwu Memorial  Library at Owerri, Imo state”.

He claimed that “after some consultations with Abuja, Ralph Uwazuruike was released after assuring the police that the anniversary will not hold and when he returned to Owerri he fled to Lagos without telling his  members to call off the anniversary or celebrate indoors.

“If Ralph Uwazuruike is a selfless leader who has the interest of his members of at heart and who still believes in MASSOB programmes and possibility of Biafra Actualization, which church did he attended his own thanksgiving?

“Did he celebrate in his house or hotel? Why is it that Ralph Uwazuruike did not attend any church in Igbo land to celebrate the 16th year anniversary of MASSOB struggle to actualize Biafra?”

He laughed at the struggle saying that for the past 16 years, no single aim of the movement has been achieved and concluded: “We condemn the stupidity and insensitivity of some of Uwazuruike’s factional members who always endangered their lives because of Ralph Uwazuruike who has no single interest in their personal and family welfare”