The Imo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force weekend arrested sixty eight (68) members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) for unlawful assemblage and procession. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Evbakhavbokun who disclosed this to newsmen in his office Monday said that 62 out of the figure arrested had been charged to court for conspiracy, belonging to unlawful society and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace.
Evbakhavbokun said that the self-styled freedom fighters had stormed Owerri, the state capital in buses from all directions to celebrate the Biafra day and remembrance of their foreign heroes without previous notice to the police.
“They were clad in MASSOB/Biafra uniforms with insignia such as “Biafra/MASSOB flags, marched towards the Port Harcourt/Owerri federal highways, chanting war songs in such a tumultuous manner as to cause breach of the peace but were later dispersed by the State Police Command”.
The CP listed exhibits recovered from the suspects to include Biafra uniforms, Biafra ID cards, Biafra flags and some buses, adding that most of those involved in the act never knew when and how the civil war was fought in the country even as he advised parents and guardians to always keep a tab on the activities of their children and wards to discourage them from acts and conducts capable of jeopardizing peace and security in society.
“We have just one country called Nigeria and as such cannot have two flags for the same country and those arrested would be made to face the full weight of the law to serve as a deterrent to others because the law says that any procession without police approval is illegal, null and void and therefore of no effect”, stressing that it is the responsibility of the citizenry to ensure the continued corporate existence of the country hence such movement as MASSOB cannot be tolerated.