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IPOB, MASSOB deny involvement in hijacking of foreign ship

03 February 2016, 10:14

Enugu - The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have denied any involvement of their members in the seizure and threat to blow up a merchant ship carrying foreigners, reports Vanguard.

The two groups said they would never participate in any violent activity that may possibly harm or take the life of anybody from within and outside Nigeria.

 A group of ex-militants had on Friday hijacked a ship with foreign crew on board off the Bakassi Peninsula coast line.

Also read: Ex-militants threaten to blow up hijacked ship over Kanu’s continued detention

The group threatened to blow up the ship with its foreign crew if the detained Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu is not released immediately.

But IPOB’s Media and Publicity Officer, Emma Powerful, on Tuesday distanced the group from the threat.

He said IPOB is a non-violent group with responsible men in the society in Nigeria and in diaspora as members.

He said the hijacking of the ship could have been carried out by another group sympathetic to the Biafran actualization cause.

Leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, also said his group has no hand in the alleged hijacking of any ship.

He said members of the group have no weapon to hold any ship hostage, let alone seizing and threatening to blow it with its passengers.

Read more at Vanguard.

- News 24


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