According to a recent report, the Cross-River State Police Command has arrested about 10 members of MASSOB (Movement for Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra) who were on a peaceful protest on May 30th at Ikom in Cross-River State.
According to the statement by the spokesman of MASSOB in Cross-River, Mr. Okon Archibong, the leader of the group in the state was arrested with nine others, five of which their names were given namely; Shedrack Chinelo, Joseph Ekperebi, Michael Adah, James Ekeme and Adah Johnson.
“We have not had any other activity outside the May 30 commemoration of Biafra Anniversary Day, but last night the police from Ikom division went to the home of our state coordinator, Samuel Okah, and nine other persons. They were all arrested.” He said;
“They did not tell us why the members were arrested. They are all being detained at the Ikom Police Station. No reason was given for their arrest,” he said.
“I have gone to see them at the Ikom police station this morning and they are in the cell. I sought to know why they were being held back but no feedback. During our anniversary march, we did not engage in any confrontation with anybody or group, not even with the police, who gave approval.”
However, when contacted, the Cross-River state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. John Eluu, said that he was not aware of the arrest.
“I am not aware of it. I will confirm if it is true,” Eluu simply said before hanging up. He said.