Abuja - Security operatives on Tuesday allegedly held over 1,000 members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Daily Post reports.
Clad in Biafra uniforms and carrying Biafran flags, the MASSOB members were celebrating seventeen years of their movement when they were held.
Addressing journalists on the matter, Enugu North zonal leader James Omeke stated that the group was stopped by a combined force of army officials and police officers.
“They collected our caps, flags and ordered us to go home after keeping us for three hours.
“When they stopped us, our members numbering about 1000 were searched and no arms or any dangerous weapon was found from anybody,” he said.
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Omeke claimed that the group had anticipated that their celebration would be intercepted, but stated that MASSOB members were not afraid due to the non-violent approach they had taken over the past 17 years.
SP Ebere Amaraizu, PR Officer for the Enugu State Police, stated that the MASSOB members had been prevented from entering Nsukka town in an attempt to keep the peace.
“They were stopped from entering Nsukka town and sent back home because they were peaceful, non-violent and no dangerous weapon was found on them during the march”, he said.
In addition, 14 suspected MASSOB members had been arrested in Onitsha over alleged illegal procession.
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