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Police Arrest 17 MASSOB Members In Owerri

Posted: May 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Anolu Vincent

Owerri – Police have on Monday, arrested seventeen members of the Movement For the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in various parts of Owerri, the Imo State capital, for  alleged indulgence in illegal and unauthorised procession in demanding the actualisation of a State of Biafra.

Some of the banners carried by the protesters bore the inscription “MASSOB/BIM Udunmara Area Mbaitoli Region celebrate her Biafran independence anniversary 30th May 2016, “BIM/MASSOB Amaukwu area  Mbaitoli Region celebrates  Biafran Day30th May 2016, and “ MASSOB/BIM Ogwa Area 1 celebrates Brafran Day 30th MAY, 2016.”

Mr. Andrew Enwerem (DSP), Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), who paraded the protesters at the premises of the  police headquarters, Owerri, said that they not only displayed Biafran flags with caps bearing Biafra insignia, but also chanted Biafran solidarity songs and behaved in a manner capable of breaching the peace and tranquility in the State.

Enwerem regretted that while security agencies in the State are doing their best to ensure uninterrupted peace and serene environment, some group of people under the canopy of illegal organisation still indulge in acts likely to frustrate this, warning that the police would not hesitate to bring such culprits to book.

He said that the police had since commenced investigation into the matter and that those found guilty would be charged to court.

The police image maker therefore advised residents of the state to continue to go about their normal business without fear of intimidation or harassment by anybody, group or association, assuring that the police was ever prepared to protect lives and properties at all times.