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Activists "missing" after protest

12 June 2013, 07:26

Abuja - The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) reported that 30 members were missing following a sit-in protest it organised this past weekend.

A report has been made to police to help find the members but to no avail.
Police nonetheless refuted claims the members were missing.

“We hereby let the world know that the whereabouts of 30 of our members have not been known since last Saturday, 15 are missing in Aba and 15 in Umuahia, the state capital.

"We feel that the Police and or other security agencies would know their whereabouts of those missing," a joint statement by the MASSOB leadership read.

Three executives of the group, Davidson Ohaegbu, Solution Edward and Emmanuel Eroh, signed the statement at the Abia State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Umuahia.

MASSOB is protesting the alleged killing and humiliation of the Igbo tribe st the hands if the state and other tribes in Nigeria especially in some parts of the north.

According to MASSOB, the latest protest was " 85 percent" successful.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed that six members of the group were arrested on Saturday at Ikwuano with cans of petrol, matches and used tyre as they were heading to an unknown destination for suspected illegal activity.

Those arrested were referred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Command for investigation.

"The group may have overblown the number of the arrested from 6 to  30 just to whip up sentiments," said the police spokesman.

- CAJ News

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