11 July 2005

Nigeria: Massob is Being Funded From Onitsha, Says Anambra SSS Director

Awka — ANAMBRA State Director of State Security Service [ SSS] , Alhaji Ibrahim Audu says the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra [MASSOB] is being sustained and funded from Onitsah, the commercial city of Anambra State, through illegal extortions from the people. Audu blamed the elite in the State for keeping quiet while illegal acts and other criminal tendencies thrive.

Audu who spoke at Nnewi while delivering a paper at a security awareness and consciousness seminar the agency organized for Local Government administrators noted that the great achievements of the people of Anambra State are being rubbished by the evil deeds of some of their people.

"Today we cannot talk of commerce in Nigeria without reference to this State. The entire commercial activities in the country are dominated by the people of Anambra State. Eighty percent of the developed property in Abuja is owned by the people of Anambra State. Yet we keep quiet when forces that have perpetually kept our people down sponsor some misfits and clever fraudsters to participate in acts capable of disintegrating our entire country all with the intention of falsely presenting the Igbos as unrepentant secessionists that should not be entrusted with the highest offices in the land.

"In other words, while the leaders of MASSOB sit in the comfort of their homes in Okigwe, Imo State, the entire funding of the group comes from Onitsha through illegal extortion.

"Today, our Onitsha, a well known centre of commerce in West Africa has become a haven for organized extortion in public places, illegal arms and explosive sales. Such illegal activities apart from scarring away local and international customers have occasionally been turned against the State.

"Unfortunately some of us, the leaders see such activities and keep quiet, yet we have seen that today's crime victims were our leaders yesterday. Therefore why should we not make the society better for all of us as leaders today and also better for us as former leaders tomorrow.

That is basically why this seminar in necessary", Audu said.

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