Eleven suspected members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, were yesterday remanded in prison custody by an Asaba Magistrate’s court till October 23.
The accused persons were arraigned on a six-count charge bothering on conspiracy, taking arms against government, treasonable felony, unlawful society and publishing rumour to cause false alarm.
Their plea was not taken when the charges were read out to them before the case was adjourned to October 23.
The court directed that the case file should be sent to the state Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for advice.
The accused persons include Ashaka Subday, Okechukwu John, Benjamin Okwusilobi, Japheth Ubagwu, Ozor Okeke, Godwin Okonkwo, Patrick Nwankwor, Celestine Nwankwor, Charles Udikeseme, Ofem Etem and Chukwu Solomon.
They were among the 156 persons arrested last Sunday at Oneh Primary School, Asaba, where they were allegedly holding meeting as members of a group, known as Indigenous People of Biafra, which the police insisted, is an outlawed group.
Spokesperson of Delta State Police Command, DSP Celestina Kalu said the eleven accused persons were the ring leaders of the unlawful group, adding that other suspects including women and children were cautioned and released.
She listed items recovered to include Biafra freedom song CD plate, group photograph showing members of the group and United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Other items were document containing Biafra National Anthem, documents containing World latest vote on Biafra, one Sony camera and a book titled Agueleri: ‘The Pivot of the Bani-Israel in Nigeria’.
Kalu said the police were determined to enforce the laws of the land, maintaining that anyone found to have contravened the law would be made to face the full weight of the law no matter how highly placed.
“The public are advised to be aware that fraternising with the group of outlawed indigenous people of Biafra is unlawful; anyone arrested will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” she stated.
In another development, 22 members of MASSOB and those of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have been arrested by the police in some parts of the country.
Statistics made available to Nigerian Pilot in a statement issued yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, four suspects were nabbed in Anambra, six in Imo, 11 in Delta and one in Abia states.
ACP Kolawole said the Inspector–General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, ordered the arrest of the 22 MASSOB and IPOB members for inciting violence and social disorder across the country.
The IGP stressed that any person or group of persons involve in the incitement of violence will be apprehended, irrespective of their class or status in the society and would be charged to court.
Kolawole’s statement reads, “The Inspector–General of Police has ordered an immediate clampdown on persons or group of persons inciting violence and social disorder across the country.
“This directive becomes imperative owing to recent activities of members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign States of Biafra and the Indigenous People of Biafra in some parts of the country.
“This operational order empowers the police to arrest anybody fomenting any act of violence or disorder, or any act inimical to the security of the nation.”

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