Police Arrest 23 Suspected MASSOB Members In Cross River

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By Emma Una, Vanguard News Nigeria

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Police in Cross River have arrested twenty-three people suspected to be members of the Mass Movement for the Actualisation for Biafra, MASSOB.

The arrest took place in Ikom Local Government Area of the State when the Police swooped on some of them at a watch repairer’s workshop while others were picked from their homes located within and around the town.

Six wives of some of the arrested persons who thronged Vanguard News Nigeria office in Calabar said they have not been allowed access to their husbands since Thursday last week when the arrest took place.

Mrs. Beatrice Ikechukwu Ani, the wife of Ikechukwu Ani who led five other women, told our reporter that 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 call on the Police to 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 an anti-cultism unit, not even State CID for detention.”

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