Movement for the Actualization of
the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has described the decision by the Abuja
Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, to allow witnesses
testify in masks, in the trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra
(IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, as a sign that the Federal Government Is indeed
insincerely with its plight of transparency of constitutional democracy to which nigeria operates.
MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, in a
statement, yesterday, described the latest development as judicial manipulation.
“How can a presiding judge allow
herself to be manipulated in such a bizarre manner? Kanu and others are not
terrorists who can be tried in secrecy.
“Why must the witnesses cover their
faces? These are signs of (being) jittery, frustration. This judgment is not
targeted against the people of Biafra but Nigerian Christians in general.”
The MASSOB leader reiterated that
Kanu is unbowed and that the Biafran profile has risen higher than the Nigerian
“MASSOB wishes to inform Nyako that
Kanu is among the few determined factors of current Biafran struggle for
actualisation and restoration, the more he’s being caged, the more diplomatic
relationship of Nigeria with G8 is shaken and shrinks.
“Though Kanu represents the people
of Biafra and carries the burden of the Biafra nation, the federal government
and Nyako must know that caging him is far from caging the conscience and
consciousness of the Biafra people or the self-determination struggle. The
people’s struggle is not centred around one man.
“Alhough Kanu may seem to be the
leading figure of the current Biafra struggle, Biafra is bigger, taller and
greater than leaders of pro Biafran groups.”
Meanwhile, MASSOB and Biafran
Independent Movement (BIM), yesterday, announced that five members have been
missing since November 26, 2016, during the Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu memorial
MASSOB-BIM leader for Anambra North
Zone, Pastor Emmanuel Omenka, who spoke through the Director of Information,
Charles Igbokwe, also raised the alarm over what they described as “a sinister
plot by the Nigerian Army from the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, to wipe out
all our members.”
The group queried “why soldiers
have been haunting members for no just cause while they have continued to push
for their self-determination struggle in a non-violent manner…”
Giving a graphic account of their
ordeal, the group alleged that, “soldiers from 302 Artillery take delight in
tormenting us. They shoot our members and cover some of them with tarpaulin
inside the barracks. In 2013, during our
15th year celebration, they ambushed us at St. Lwanga Catholic Church, Okpoko.
“It was the same thing in 2015,
during our anniversary. The most recent happened on November 26, on our way to
Owerri, Imo State, for the Ojukwu memorial.
“They hijacked our bus, offloaded
all members on board and later took away five people among us and till today,
we have not set our eyes on them again. We are afraid that they might have been
But the Deputy Director, Army
Public Relations, 82 Division, Enugu, Col. Sagir Musa said there was no truth
in the allegations by the pro-Biafra
group who he said delights in
He said rather, arrests were made
along Onitsha Owerri Road by 302 Artillery Regiment Patrol team on Sunday
December 4, not on November 26 as alleged by the group.