TWO Weeks after the commemoration of Biafra Anniversary Day by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, ten members of the group were on Monday arrested in Cross River State.
Okon Archibong, the spokesman of MASSOB in the state told Vanguard that the State Coordinator of the group, Samuel Okah along with nine others whose names he gave as Shedrack Chinelo, Chief Joseph Ekperebi, Michael Adah, James Ekeme, Adah Johnson were arrested in Ikom and Ogoja on Monday night and detained at the Ikom police station.
“We have not had any other activity outside the May 30th commemoration of Biafra Anniversary Day but last night Police from Ikom Division went to the home our State Coordinator, Samuel Okah and nine other persons and arrested them”.
Mr Archibong said the police did not give any specific reason why the members were arrested and that they were taken to the Ikom Police station and detained there without giving any reason for their arrest” He said during the May 30th anniversary, the Cross River members of MASSOB only had a peaceful march in accordance to the directives of Ralph Uwazurike who ordered for none violence during the anniversary.
“I have gone to see them at the Ikom police station this morning and they are in the cell and I asked what offence they committed because during our anniversary march, we did not engage in any confrontation with anybody or group, not even with the police”. Mr John Eluu, the Police Public Relations Officer for Cross River State Police Command says he was not to be briefed on the matter. “Call me later let me call the DPO Ikom to find out what is going on there”. He Said