May 17, 2021
By Emmanuel Nnadi, Owerri
Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB) has called on the international community to prevail on the Nigeria government over the ongoing clampdown on its members by the Nigerian Military and Police.
The non violent Secessionist group made this call in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in a statement signed by the Biafra Minister for Information, Chief Samuel Njoku.
He noted that for some months now the Nigeria security agencies have been secretly arresting and Detaining their members incomminicado.
Chief Njoku revealed that one of their leader, Chief Mmaduabuchi KSN an indigene of Amaofufe community, IGBERE in Abia North Senatorial District, Abia State.
According to him, he said “Information reaching us has it that the Nigerian security agencies in Abia State has been trailing one of our leader in Igbere, Abia North, Chief Maduabuchi K.S.N to secretly arrest him and tag him a member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN)
“The Military and police have traced him to the Assemblies of God Church one, Ibina, Igbere, where he worship with his families.
“We want to make it categorically clear that High Chief Mmaduabuchi KSN is our member and not a member of IPOB led Eastern Security Network ESN,
“Chief Maduabuchi K.S.N is a titled Chief in Amaofufe community and IGBERE, a member of ODINMA Ebiri Age Grade and The president General of Amaofufe Autonomous League, he is also a well known member of the Agricultural community and society of Nigeria. He have never join any violent group before as he remains one of the vanguard of non Violence methodology in the Biafra project”, he said.
It can be recalled that Security agents suspected to be joint task force comprising of Naval officers and operatives of Directorate of state service, DSS, last month, arrested five members of a leading protagonist of Biafran movement,. ( BIM-MASSOB) along the popular Onitsha- Owerri road, Onitsha, Anambra State.
In a statement signed by the Biafra’s Director of Information and Senior Special Assistant to the President of Biafra’ internal Government ( BIG) on Media and Publicity, Elder Chris Mocha, gave their names as Mr. Akachukwu Nwachukwu, Chukwudi Okafor, Kingsley Ukachukwu, Igwe Onyekachi and Ebuka Okafor.
Mocha said the detained members are innocent members of a peaceful organization that pursues for the realization of Biafra’ through a Non-violent process.
BIM-MASSOB which practices an internal government as a prelude to achieving Biafra soveriegnty has decried the incessant harrassment and intimidation of the internationally recognized non- violent movement by security agencies in Nigeria.
The five members of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike–led Biafra independence movement/ movement for actualization of sovereign state of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB) were arrested shortly after the commercial bus conveying them from AP filling station Owerri road, had taken off to Oraifite town in Ekwusigo LGA to attend the group’s regional meeting, when unidentified gunmen suspected to be joint task force intercepted the bus, shot sporadically into the air forcing their driver to stop .
” The security men came in four sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that included a Venza , 2 Lexus – 3030, and a Toyota Camry as the trigger- happy officers shot sporadically into the air probably to put fear among the passengers of the commercial bus”.
Mocha while appealing to the joint security taskforce not to rely on false security report in their professional duties, also demanded for their release .
As at the time of filling this report, the reason for the arrest could not be ascertained as they were taken to an unknown destination.