Police Arrest Pro-Biafran Agitators As MASSOB Celebrates 17th Anniversary

Police have arrested 18 pro-Biafran agitators while celebrating the 17th anniversary of the creation of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra in some states in the South-East geopolitical zone.
The Anambra Police Command on Tuesday arrested 14 Biafra agitators in Onitsha, Anambra State, while its counterpart in Abia State arrested four other pro-Biafran agitators. The agitators were celebrating the 17th anniversary of the existence of the MASSOB. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state confirmed the arrest. She said 13 of those arrested were males while one was a female.  She said they were arrested for their conducts likely to cause the breach of peace. Soldiers mounted road blocks at different locations in Onitsha and its environs to monitor the procession of the agitators of the Biafra Independent Movement. This made vehicular movement in and around Onitsha difficult. Reacting to the harassment of its members by security agencies, BIM warned the Federal Government not to provoke it into resorting into violence. The Joint Security Task Force set up by the Anambra State Government which comprises soldiers, police, navy and civil defence, among others, cordoned off parts of Onitsha while the march lasted. There were reported cases of shootings. The BIM members were seen chanting songs while on the anniversary procession. Anambra North Zonal Leader of the group, Emmanuel Omenka, while addressing its members, urged them to exercise patience as “the day of freedom is near.” He said, “The present call for restructuring by some segments of the country came about as a result of the fear for the Biafran independence by those who have tied the country down”. “Going by the numerous times of unprovoked attack on our members by the Nigerian security forces, we may resort to violence. “The fact that we chose non-violence is not out of cowardice but to maintain the pact Uwazurike signed with the United Nations. “No amount of restructuring gimmick can make BIM and MASSOB derail from their agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra.”

Culled from Punch