5 arrested as soldiers, police clash with MASSOB
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Anambra State Police Command, yesterday stormed the Ogbaru office of the Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), otherwise called Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), and arrested the group’s Anambra North Security Commander, Christian Oguchi Kato and four other members.
Following this, MASSOB has given the police 48 hours to release the arrested members, threatening to paralyse business activity in Anambra State if this is not done.
It was gathered the invading policemen first arrived the MASSOB office in the morning, arrested the five MASSOB members and also took away documents and other property.
The police team returned two hours later, but was confronted by MASSOB members, leading to the invitation of soldiers, who arrived in three Hilux vans.
Reacting, the Anambra North Zonal Leader of MASSOB, Emmanuel Omenka, said: “They should not take our posture for weakness. After 48 hours, if our security man is not released, we will ground business activities in Onitsha and environs.”
According to him, “we do not know where they have taken our five members. The police took two of our motorcycles and ransacked the office and even invited the soldiers to help them deal with us.”
In her reaction, the Ogbaru Regional Director, Mrs. Virginia Ubazuonu, condemned the action of the police and military, adding: “Enough is enough; we can no longer take this.”