How Police ‘secretly killed’ 20 of our members – MASSOB

Secessionist groups- Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), on Monday, accused the Anambra state police command of secretly killing 20 of their members.

This allegation was made in Onitsha by the Regional Administrator, Anambra West, Wilfred Aninze.

Aninze, who questioned why the police should treat its members in such an inhuman way, stated that those allegedly killed by the police were caught with Biafra insignia and motorcycle plate numbers.

While reiterating the fact that MASSOB was a non-violent group, Aninze said “the secret killing came to the limelight when one of our members, Okechukwu Joseph, was reported missing by his wife.”

“Early this year, 10 of our members were declared missing and from the report we got, they were secretly arrested and killed by the Police without the knowledge of our members.”

“We learnt that the police topshot in the country had a meeting with all the State Commissioners of Police, and in the meeting, it was resolved that MASSOB/BIM members would be secretly caught and killed.”

“By the end of February, the number of those declared missing which we suspected to have secretly been killed stood at 20. We will not continue to keep our hands akimbo and watch our members being killed without committing any offence. We are a non violent organization fighting for a sovereign state of Biafra.”

It would be recalled that Nigerian security forces have been severally accused of extra-judiciously killing of citizens.

The Nigerian army was alleged to have shot at and killed unarmed pro-Biafra protesters in the commercial city of Aba.

Late last year, the some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (ISM) were reported to have been killed by troops of the Nigerian Army.

Furthermore, Boko Haram attack in the Northeast is said to have escalated when the Nigerian Police extra-judiciously killed the leader of the extremist group, Mohammed Yusuf, in 2009.

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