Worried by the alleged torture and detention of four members of the proscribed Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of BIafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) for about two weeks now in Owerri,Imo State capital Chief Dr. Ralph Uwazuruike, the Leader and founder of the organizations has asked security agencies in the State comprising Air Force personnel, DSS and the police to release his members now or meet them in Court soon for breach of their fundamental human rights.
Uwazuruike gave the threat in a Press statement signed by Mazi Chris Mocha, the organisations Media Officer and Personal Assistant to the Leader and made available to Media practitioners in Owerri on Tuesday.
According to Chief Uwazuruike, ” The MASSOB members were recently arrested at the Emmanuel College Junction in Owerri on the reason that they were wearing face caps with the inscription of BIafra rising sun and were initially detained at the Nigeria airforce base at Naze.
The following day , they were given matchets to cut grasses in front of the Airforce base only to be detained thereafter.
On the 20th of May, 2020, the Airforce personnel handed them over to Directorate of State Services (DSS) office along Onitsha Road, also in Owerri .
On 21st day of May, the DSS officials took them to State Criminal Investigation Department (Statecid), Owerri and the 4 MASSOB members were beaten up to a pulp stupor
DSS officials after beaten them up to their satisfaction thereafter handed them over to the Imo State’s Commissioner of police who finally clamped them into detention and refusing to admit them to bail since last week” he informed “.
He insisted on the innocence of his members who he alleged did not breach any known Law while advising the security agencies to charge them to court without any further delay if they have any evidence against them.
Chief Uwazuruike who doubles as father of the New Biafran Nation, threatened, ‘ That in the event of failure of the police to bring the 4 BIM- MASSOB members for trial in court, that the organization’s legal counsel shall be forced to sue these agencies for violation of the detainees’ fundamental rights to liberty among other violations which bothers on torture.’
Reacting, the Imo State Police Command Police Public Relations Officer Mr Godson Ikeokwu confirmed to The Authority on telephone that the men are in their custody but no one has ever come for their bail assuring of releasing them if any credible person can surety them.
Ikeokwu also confirmed that the matter was brought to them by the state Directorate of Security Services (DSS).