Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Members of Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB and its sister’s organization, Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) have called for the immediate release of eleven MASSOB members arrested ten months ago.
The protesters said the eleven members of MASSOB were arrested on May 2016 during a celebration of Biafra day in Obigbo of Oyigbo Local government area of Rivers State.
According to MASSOB, six out of the eleven suspects detained are secondary school children of 7 to 8years who played band during last year’s Biafra celebration.
Speaking to The post yesterday after the protest, MASSOB state Director, Media and Publicity Chief Anukem Anthony said the protest became necessary because five out of the eleven suspects detained are seriously ill.
Anukem who is loyal to Chief Ralph Uwazuruike faction of MASSOB said two out of the five suspects critically sick may likely give up to the ghost, because they were vomiting blood and stooling at the time he visited.
He called on well meaning Nigerians, the Governor of Rivers State Chief Nyesom Wike and general public to immediately intervene, adding that MASSOB will not take it lightly if anything happened to their members especially to the children.
He noted that the suspects committed no crime that could warrant them to be detained for more than 10 months without granting them bail.
Anuken said: “Since May last year when they were arrested it was only twice they brought them to court, and during these days the prosecutor did not come. That was how they were dumped in the Port Harcourt maximum prison.
“Our worry is that six of them are underage children who assisted to play band for us during Biafra anniversary last year. Their parents have been coming to my house crying, forcing me to do something even threatening to kill me.
“We want the governor of Rivers State to assist us, some of them are dying, vomiting and stooling. We are praying that they should survive because the condition I saw them I don’t think they will be alive. Let the world know that they didn’t do anything wrong, rather than celebrating Biafra.”