Daily Champion (Lagos)

31 January 2007

Nigeria: Massob Denies Involvement in Anambra Abductions

Onitsha — The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has washed its hands-off from the incessant abductions of persons taking place in Anambra State in the past few weeks.

Regional administrator, Onitsha Region of MASSOB, Comrade Edeson Samuel told Daily Champion in a telephone interview that MASSOB has no hand in the abduction of people, burning of Police stations and increased robbery incidents in some towns in the state, especially Nnewi.

The Anambra State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. (Mrs.) Cordelia Ego Uzozie was last week abducted at Nsugbe, Oyi Local Government of the State. She was released later after four days in her kidnappers' den.

Just few hours after her release, a prominent business man, in Nnewi, Chief Pius. Ogbuawa was abducted. Nkwo Nnewi Market was raided continuously for one week and some police stations burnt in some weeks past.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Haruna, initially blamed the abduction on MASSOB, but later made a volt-face, saying that they are still investigating those behind the abduction.

But Samuel wondered how all those criminalities would take place in the state without the police arresting the suspects, calling for the immediate resignation of the Commissioner of Police or should be sacked for failing in his duties.

MASSOB chief said that the abduction and other crimes in the state were politically motivated, noting that those accusing MASSOB of the crime can't substantiate it.

"For some time we have been lying low after the Anambra crisis. Our focus is to work hard to secure the release of our leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike. Abduction is not our mode of operation," he noted. Police know those behind these things, but because they are partners in crime, they will keep their mouth shut and nobody will be arrested" said Edeson.

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