Govt frees MASSOB activists

Nigeria: The movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) has confirmed the release of its detained 89 members, including six of them who were incarcerated at Keffi Prison in Nassarawa state with the leader of the Movement, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike in 2005.


The Movement, however, lamented that one of the arrested members, Godwin Ubaezuonu, was tortured to death by the police in Enugu after his arrest.

Giving details of the freed activists, the Movement’s Deputy Director of Information Mr. Chris Mocha, who doubles as personal assistant to Chief Uwazuruike said in a statement in Owerri that 89 of them, including one Miss Paullina Moghalu were arrested by Nigerian security operatives at various places in Igbo land on May 22nd last year after the five million man-match embarked upon by the activists to protest the continued detention and massacre of MASSOB members in Nigeria.

The six activists detained at Keffi prisons which the statement said have equally returned home include Mr. Ambrose Anyaso, Emeka Ihuoma, Chibuike Nwosu who are facing trial of treasonable felony with Chief Uwazuruike and comrade Uchenna Madu.

But three other activists from Keffi Prison and their counterparts in Kuje prison were yet to be released according to the statement.

Meanwhile, leader of the Movement, Chief Uwazuruike has urged the freed members to remain steadfast in the struggle for the freedom of Biafra stressing that the length of time they stayed in prison custody can be long but they should be rest assured that at the end of the day the Movement shall triumph.

He stated that splinter groups such as Eastern People’s Congress (EPC), Biafra Must Be (BIAMUS), National Working Committee, MASSOB International, Biafra Mandate Union and Eastern Pioneers have no focus and ideology.

He warned the MASSOB activists against identifying with them, saying that they will soon go into oblivion.

He warned the splinter groups against hiding under the cover of MASSOB to cause violence, calling on the security agencies to deal with decisively any person or group of persons who causes violence or engage in kidnapping in the name of MASSOB.

According to him, the organization would continue to remain non-violent in its struggle for the achievement of self determination for Biafra.

 EMMA OGU, Owerri