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Uwazuruike Appoints New Leaders For MASSOB

Uwazuruike Appoints New Leaders For MASSOB
Posted: Sep 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Chukwujekwu Ilozue


Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, Leader of Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), has appointed 25 people to lead the hitherto Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) just as he released names of those who died or were wounded during the group’s celebration of the 17th year anniversary.

In a press release signed by Mazi Chris Mocha, BIM’s Director of Information; Chief Solomon O. Chukwu was named Chief MASSOB leader and other leaders of various divisions of MASSOB.

They are Samuel Okah – Cross River; Emeka Okafor – Delta North; Evans Enwerem – Abia North; Samuel Ogueri-Okigwe; Jimmy Ukaegbu – Orlu; Vincent Iloh-Anambra Central; Emmanuel Omenka – Anambra North.

Three people were elevated to the status of Biafra Elders Council. They are Mr. Canice Anojuu – Owerri; Mrs. Osondu Okwaraeke and Rev. Linus Iweanya.

Mocha said that the appointments were ratified at an enlarged executive officers meeting at Ojukwu Memorial Library (auditorium), in New Owerri, on Sunday where Uwazuruike said their promotion was based on their long years of service, commitment and loyalty to the ethics and principle of non-violence and charged them “to continue to be firm, credible and obedient and never to be intimidated by anybody in their quest for the Biafra struggle, stressing that Biafra could only be achieved through non-violence.”

Meanwhile, Uwazuruike also released names of deceased and wounded members of his group during the celebration of the anniversary of the group.

The deceased members are Okorie Bernard, Steven Uranta, Philip Nwite and Useh Nwokpoku.

Names of wounded members are also given as Sylvester Udem, Somuadina Peter; Boniface Anachuna; Ikemefuna Anagor; Udebunu Chudelu and Lady Agnes Chikwem.

In the statement, Mr. Oguchi Christian, BIM’s security commander for Anambra North Vone, was quoted as saying that the delay in making public the hospitals where the members were being treated was to avoid the ugly experience of March 29, 2003, when their members were massacred at Umulolo in Imo State.

MASSOB condemned what it described as “the senseless killing of unarmed members who were celebrating 17 years of non-violent agitation for Biafra” and “lamented that each time the casualty figures were counted, Anambra State was always in the list.

It said that Nigerian security agencies have been so abused by and bastardised by the Anambra State government that “each period MASSOB-BIM sighted them; we are reminded that they are our enemies who usually find favour in killing innocent people with little or no excuse.”

It called for the release of 14 detained members in state CID cell, Awka, and 18 others in Army Barracks, Onitsha, all in Anambra State.