OWERRI—Imo State police command has confirmed the arrest of no fewer than 68 members of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, for unlawful assemblage and procession.
Disclosing this to newsmen in his office, yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. AUSTIN Evbakhavbokun, said “62 of the figure arrested had been charged to court for conspiracy, belonging to unlawful society and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.”
The commissioner, however, disclosed that the leader of the movement, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, from investigations conducted, was not associated with the group.
Evbakhavbokun said that the self-styled freedom fighters had stormed Owerri, the state capital in buses from all directions to celebrate Biafra Day and remembrance of their fallen heroes without previous notice to the police.
“They were clad in MASSOB/Biafra uniforms with varying insignia and marched towards the Port Harcourt-Owerri federal highway, chanting war songs in such a manner as to cause breach of the peace. They were, however, dispersed by the State Police Command,” the commissioner said.
The Imo police boss, who listed exhibits recovered from the suspects as Biafra uniforms, Biafra ID cards, Biafra flags and some buses, regretted that most of those involved in the act never knew when and how the civil war was fought in the country.
He advised parents and guardians to always keep a tab on the activities of their children and wards to discourage them from acts and conducts capable of jeopardizing peace and SECURITY in the society.
“We have just one country called Nigeria and we cannot have two flags for the same country,” the commissioner said.