Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Soldiers arrest MASSOB leader, 18 others in Onitsha

THE Onitsha
Region 4 adminstrator
of the Movement for
the Actualization of the
Sovereign State of
Biafra, MASSOB, Chief
Arinze Igbani and 18
other members of the
group were, yesterday,
arrested by soldiers
from the 302 Artillary
Regiment, Onitsha over
yet to be disclosed
Igbani was arrested in
a native orthopaedic
centre where he was
receiving treatment
following injuries he
sustained from a
motorcycle accident in
June this year along
with five MASSOB
members who had
allegedly gone to visit
After the accident,
Igbani was admitted to
a private orthorpaedic
hospital in the
commercial town, but
had to be moved to
the native orthopaedic
healing centre as a
result of uncontrolled
number of people that
have been visiting him
which does not allow
him to have enough
It was not clear at
press time what led to
yesterday’s arrests, but
MASSOB’s Director of
Information, Mr.
Uchenna Madu, said
that 13 other members
of the group were
arrested in different
locations at the slum
settlement of Okpoko
in the outskirts of
Onitsha which is very
close to where Igbani
and the six other
members of the group
were staying at the
Madu, who addressed
reporters in Onitsha
over the incident,
claimed that electronic
gadgets which Igbani
was using in the
hospital, as well as five
motorcycles belonging
to the five people that
visited him and six
handsets, were seized
from them.
He alleged that the
soldiers aggravated
Igbani’s fractured leg,
adding that some
traditional othopedic
equipment used in
treating patients at the
center were

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