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  • Updated: May 02, 2022

Police Arrest 23 Suspected MASSOB Members In Cross River

The Cross River State Police Command has arrested twenty-three people suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra  (MASSOB).

The suspects were arrested in Ikom Local Government Area of the state when the police swopped on some of them at a watch repairer’s workshop while others were picked from their homes located within the town.

Beatrice Ikechukwu Ani, the wife of one of the arrested MASSOB members who led other women whose husbands were arrested told journalists thar their husbands have been without food since their arrest.

“Here with me are the wives of Nnamdi Okafor, John Ibe, Ebere Chukwu, Celestine Ndibe , Emmanuel Nachi and we calling on the police tp release our husbands immediately."

She said their husbands were at a watch repairing workshop when the police came and took them to the Ikom police station and from there to Calabar.

“When they were at Ikom, they did not allow us to see or take food to them and from there they brought them to anti cultism unit not even State CID for detention."

Beatrice said their husbands are not cultists or criminals so detaining them among cultists and criminals without food was not unjust.

“The police took them to their houses to search and did not find anything incriminating but insisted on detaining them."

DSP Irene Ugbo the Cross River Police Command spokesman said she was not aware of the arrests but a source at the Anti Cultism Unit says the AIG Zone Six and the State Police Commissioner have a function at the unit so nobody would be allowed access to the unit.

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