NEWS & ALERTS
|SSS still after our members –MASSOB
From TUNDE RAHEEM, Akure
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has accused operatives of the State Security
Services (SSS) and the police of harassing and persecuting its members.
The group said that the action of security agencies has made some of its members to go into hiding in order to avoid arrest and detention.
In a statement issued by the Information Officer (South East), Mazi Chukwudi Anyanwu, MASSOB said that ever since the crisis which rocked Onitsha, in which MASSOB never had a hand in, occurred, security operatives have been clamping down on the group.
"Since the problem in Onitsha, which MASSOB was never involved in, the SSS and police have clamped down on our members. Severally, they had invaded our offices and homes of our members. This is shocking because they know that MASSOB goes about its agitation without violence. We have not hurt anybody. They should leave us alone," Anyanwu said.
He said that security agents wanted to cripple MASSOB by running its members underground, adding: "Many of our members have gone into hiding for fear of this Gestapo action.
For example, members of MASSOB committee in Umuahia, Abia State including Chike Okonkwo, Okoroafor Okoro Ude, Chinedu Nwankanma, and others have fled their homes because of harassment by security agents. We want to state that no amount of harassment would stop us from demanding our rights," he said.
The MASSOB chieftain said that the group would continue to employ legal and nonviolent means in its agitation because "our cause is legitimate. Biafra would be actualised.
He called on Western countries and international agencies, like "United Nations to compel Nigeria to grant Igbos independence for Biafra to stay since they have marginalized and suppressed us in the Nigerian nation state."
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