The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has raised the alarm over alleged plots by the security agencies to clamp down on its members and other Igbo youths who visit beer parlours at night.
The leader of MASSOB, Chief Solomon Chukwu, said this in a statement read on his behalf by the National Director of Information of the group, Sunday Okereafor, at a press conference in Owerri, affirmed that the group gathered that the security agencies were out to arrest the youths at relaxation joints and label them armed robbers and kidnappers just to intimidate and make them renounce their agitation.
Okereafor warned youths in the zone to stay away from drinking joints after 7 pm to avoid cheaply given themselves away to security agents.
On the recent allegation by the Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in Owerri that members of the group, who were massacred in Anambra State, were heavily armed, the MASSOB spokesperson said, “The army lied, they know we have remained non-violent since our struggle.
“They attacked us at Okwe in Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State in 2000 and killed 800 of our members at Oyi Local Government in Anambra state; they dumped the corpse of our members in a shallow river. We never attacked them, they know those who carry arms, we are non violent people despite the provocation.”
Okereafor also warned Igbo leaders under the auspices of the Southeast Council of Traditional Rulers, who recently paid a visit to President Buhari, denying the existence of Biafra to stop speaking on behalf of Ndigbo, claiming that they were selfish and only interested in enriching themselves.