Movement for Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has accused the police of attempting to incite crisis and violence in the South East geopolitical zone by incessantly attacking members of the group.
Reacting to the killing of two members of the group by police during a raid last Sunday in Anambra State, the Assistant National Media Officer of MASSOB, comrade Sunny Okereafor condemned the attack on the unsuspecting members of the movement who he said have remained non violent despite increasing provocation.
Okereafor stated that the repeated attacks on MASSOB and innocent Igbo population, even during a church service, is highly provocative and tantamount to deliberate courting of trouble by the police so as to find good reason to make Igboland a theatre of war once again.
“The police are inciting trouble in the South East. They have resorted to attacking MASSOB and Igbo people even in churches to provoke violent reaction so that they can turn Southeast to a theatre of war once again.
“The police should face the challenge of Boko Haram staring at them in the North East rather than create tension in the South East. We are being pushed to the wall and may be tempted to adopt new measures to counter the unceasing police action.
“Violent attacks on MASSOB by police is unwarranted because we are non violent. Since the police have capacity to unleash violence, they should look northwards where insurgents and terrorists are holding sway. We need to see the Chibok girls rescued,” the spokesman said.
He warned that enough is enough, stressing that MASSOB members may not continue to fold their arms to watch police engage in a deliberate action aimed at decimating the population of the people of the South East.
Okereafor also disclosed that heavily armed police men from the Imo State command yesterday stormed the New Owerri residence of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and took over the compound, restricting movement in and out of the place.
According to him, the operatives arrived the MASSOB leader’s house at about 4 a.m with armored personnel carriers and cordoned off the entire neighbourhood.
However, the Imo police spokesman, DSP Andrew Enwerem in his reaction denied the allegation, saying police never visited nor took over the compound of Chief Uwazuruike as alleged.
He explained that the presence of policemen around new Owerri was in line with the command’s new strategy to check crime on the streets of the capital city, stressing that it was not targetted at MASSOB or any individual.


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