Insecurity: MASSOB cautions police against members’ arrest
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The Ralph Uwazuruike-led Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has cautioned the Onitsha police command against the incessant arrest of its members in the interest of peaceful co-existence.
MASSOB chieftain, Elder Dennis Nwaorah, was reacting to alleged arrest of one of his members, Ikechukwu Aja, by the Onitsha police area command on March 21, 2020. He reiterated the group’s non-violent stance even “in the face of the slightest unprovoked attack and clampdown on the movement by the police.”
He said “the arrested member did not commit any offence that warranted his arrest by the Onitsha police area commander, Mr John Obuagbaka, and his team on the day in question.”
“The Onitsha Police command should not take our non-violence approach for weakness,” claiming that “the police headquarters at Awka has directed the Onitsha Police Area Commander to release Ikechukwu Aja but he refused.”
“Ikechukwu Aja was on March 21, 2021 arrested when he was returning to his residence at 3-3 after our meeting on the fateful day”
Nwaorah urged Igbo leaders to prevail on Obuagbaka to release Aja whom he stated was unjustly arrested claiming that “There was another member whom the court gave judgment in his favour and ordered the Onitsha Police Area Commander to release his car but he has not, saying that nobody on earth would direct him on what to do.”