Casualty Toll on MASSOB Between 2000 and February 2006
Killed By Nigeria Police and ARMED Nigerian Security Agents
The following are the names of members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) from various parts of Nigeria killed during MASSOB Rally by the security agents of Nigeria.
AUGUST,23, 2002.ABA, ABIA STATE 10 MASSOB Members from Aguata were killed at a rally an Aba, Abia State on August 23, 2002. The victims are as follows. 1. Hyacinth Umuezinwa Trader 2. Lawrence Umuezinwa Trader 4. Nicholas Ijeogu Transporter 5. Linus Ezeobinwa Trader 6. Emmanuel Afrake Igbom Transporter 7. Emeanu Umeojiego Transporter 8. Celestine Azodo Farmer 9. Ferdinand Ofor Civil Servant 10. Edwin Okpalaonyia tudent On March 29, 2003 at Umulolo near Okigwe, the Nigerian police laid ambush against MASSOB Members on their way to a rally and killed over 70 unarmed MASSOB Members. Among those killed are as follows 1. Michael Nnadi (Okigwe) 3. John Umerika (Ekwulobia) 4. James Ezendiokwere ( Awgu) 5. Donatus Umenji (Ozubulu) 6. Romanus Azubuike (Umuahia) 7. Paul Umeanu Oluo Onitsha) 8. Simon Ezendiokwere (Awgu) 9. Josephat Nweje (Afikpo) 10. Thomas Umuoduagu (Awka) 11. Charles Ezeamama (Owerri) 12. Josephat Okpalaonya (Abakahki) 14. Bathlomew Ezeamasiobi (Enugu) 15. Alexander Enwelu (Njikoka) 16. Ifeanyi C.S.O (Uwazuruike’s body guard) and the others 53 members.
These victims of 29th March 2003 has been buried at their various communities. Though, most of the corpses were not recovered because the security agents collected their corpses and speed away, and have refused to deliver the corpses to the relations of the diseased and we suspect that they were buried in a secret mass- grave.
ARRESTS AND DETENTIONS BY NIGERIA POLICE AND NIGERIAN SECURITY AGENTS
April, 22, 2000. UMUAHIA
On April 22, 2000, Mr. Udoariri Anyanwu and ten other MASSOB Members were arrested by the police at 18 Abriba and Item Street Umuahia while they are having a peaceful meeting. They were arraigned at the Magistrate Court Umuahia on a 2 count charge of, “ Conspiracy to commit felony and having the intention to depose the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. D.S.P Kayode Adetumbi attached to central police station Umuahia was the prosecution officer who testified agents the MASSOB member’s. Also A. S.P Alex Ubong the presiding judge was His worship J. E Adiele (Mrs.) and Chief Magistrate. The MASSOB defense council Bar Nnamdi Uchendu, C. O. Ekeke, C.O. Nwankwo (Miss). The offence committed by MASSOB members is that they were in possession of T- Shirts with Biafran/ MASSOB Inscription, a Speech presentation of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, Biafran Flags, Membership forms and MASSOB I.D Cards. They were discharged and acquitted by the court on December, 10 2000. Attached is the case file for verifications. The following 16 MASSOB Members were arrested by the Nigerian Police men at Umunze, Anambara State on March , 5TH , 2001, and arraigned to court on the above date. Chukwuka Nnelanya M 26 yrs) Solomon Okafor M (29 yrs) Benjamine Ekwenugo M (40 yrs) Christian Umeaka M (35 yrs) Ikechukwu Nwafor M (39 yrs) Anthony Nwankwo M (41 yrs) Simon Mgbeahuekwe M (30yrs) Nicodemus Okolie M (27 yrs) Kenneth Uncha M ( 30 yrs) The police arrested them while they were having a peaceful meeting. They were detained for months, the court adjourned the case to Friday 11/5/2001 for a Ruling they later regained freedom after fulfilling all the conditions for their bail. The case was held at Chief Magistrate grade I court in Awka before his worship Mrs. V. N.N Ibeziakor, the prosecutor is Mr. F. C. Uwakwe while Mr. C. I. I Obasi was MASSOB defense council. The case file is even available for more inquiries. At the High Court of Justice in the Federal Capital Territory Judicial Division holden at Wuse Zone11 Abuja. 1. Chief Ralph Uwazuruike. 18. Reginald Nwaigwe and 26 others were arrested at different locations in Eastern Nigeria over their membership and support for the movement for the Actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) by the Nigerian security agents after they were detained and tortured by the police for some months they were arraigned at the Abuja high court for trial. The MASSOB defense counsel are Jonathan Inegbu and Kelvin Emeka Esq. their offence was that they organize a rally to campaign for the freedom of Biafran people. They were charged for conspiracy to commit treason and to overthrow the Federal Government of Nigeria. Each of the MASSOB Members paid N 20, 000 for bail and produced two sureties before the court granted them bail on May, 14, 2003. Men of the Nigerian police force attached to Okpoko divisional police Command attacked the office of MASSOB along K /M7 Onitsha/ Owerri Road which was commissioned by Chief (Dr) Ralph Uwaruruike on Saturday 6th 2002. The leader of the police team Inspector Onyekwere from Afoha Mbaise in Imo State Stormed the MASSOB Secretariat at about 4: 25am with a truck load of mobile police men well armed, they destroyed the building after ransacking the whole house and removing hundreds’ of dozens of Biafran police Uniforms, Biafran Map, Calendars, over N500,000 raised on a free will donations, the men of the Nigerian police force after destroying the MASSOB office, they stormed No 2 Lawanda Street Okpoko, the residence of Dr. Linus Ngah, a MASSOB Chieftain, arrested him and members of his house hold, beat them mercilessly and took them away to an unknown destination the police looted MASSOB first aids box and other Biafran materials and documents. It will be recalled that on May 22, 2001 the same heartless Inspector Onyekwere led an attack which left six MASSOB members dead along Obodoukwu road Okpoko during MASSOB first Anniversary. God gives life to MASSOB members but the heatless cop Onyekwere take it. See an attached document filed by Comr. Uchenna Madu for confirmation . On 26th September 2002, the Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Umuahia Judicial Division in a case Between the Federal Government of Nigeria and 11 MASSOB members ruled that you: Lambert Anyanwu, Vincent Ugochukwu, Tobias Nkenjika Godwin Njoku, Basil Iheme Banabas Mwonye, Michael Adonye, Philip Ike, Albert Ejiobi, Gabriel Ukwe and Isaac Ujam on or about, 10th August 2002 along Urata road Owerri, Sports Club Owerri, Conspired with yourselves to commit Felony and levy war against the state in order to intimidate the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by propagating a movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, and in pursuit of this unlawful purpose you hoisted a pair of camouflage uniform, two pair of black boots, 16 Biafran cap, one face cap, one black jean trouser, six MASSOB I. D Cards two Biafran badges, one filled membership form one MASSOB exercise notebook, one old NISSAN Car with Reg. No AA 826 EHM and key, some Biafran documents, two packets of cabin Biscuit, one stainless tray, one cooler, one red cross flag, six Biafran flags , one American flag, one jacket, on old coat, one black beret cap, one spare tyre, which is contrary to and punishable under section 37 (2) of the criminal code act cap 77 law of the Federation of Nigeria. It was signed by the prosecutor R.N Chenge Esq. Federal Ministry of Justice. Mr. Joseph Ifeanyi and 11 other MASSOB members were arrested by the police while having a peaceful meeting at Umunze After they were detained and tortured by the police they were later arraigned at Federal High Court Umuahia on treason offences. They were granted bail on 30 July 2002 after paying the sum of N 100, 000 each. Mr. Mark Anozie and 32 others who are MASSOB members were arrested by the police at Onitsha while holding a peaceful meeting. They were detained tortured while in police custody and were later arraigned at the High court of Awka Judicial Division before His lordship M.A. Onyiuke. Their case no is, suit No A/MISC 54C /2003. They have been released on bail with the sum of N30,000 or each. 15 MASSOB members who are, Mr. Udo Gregory, Eno Ubi, Innocent Ugbo, Kalu Ibe, David Eneh, Chukwudi Onukogu Onyedikachi, Enyinnaya Innocent Uzor, Julius Okafor, Jacob Eboh, Ndubuisi Amah, Samuel Onyeiwu, Thomas Choke Sunday, Ogwuoke Francis Onu where arrested by the police along Enugu / P/H express way, Osisioma Junction Aba and in different locations in Eastern Nigerian for attending MASSOB meetings and rallies, they were arraigned at Chief Magistrate Court Wuse Abuja on 12 March 2003. The MASSOB Defence counsel are Kevin Emeka Okoro Esq. C.M Agu Uzoukwu Esq. They were later granted bail after fulfilling the Court conditions. Their offence was that they hoisted Biafran flags and wearing Biagran T. Shirts, they were accused of intent to levy war on Nigeria by clamoring for a sovereign state of Biafra, and for being illegal organization. They were granted bail on 10/9/ 2003, but the police refused releasing them. They were granted bail with the sum of N 500,000.00. On December 18, 2002 the men of Nigerian police attached to New Benin Police Station arrested 13 MASSOB members who came to ask for permission of the police to accompany them in a Peaceful rally in the state. Sam Ike had led a team of MASSOB members to the police station to seek for permission to organize a rally before the D. P. O ordered for their arrest. They were arrested beaten and detained at the police Station till 20/6/ 2003 before they were granted bail. The MASSOB members are as follows: Sam Ike, Rufus Alozie, Fidelis Ohams, Innocent Obazee, Kingsley Chukwu, Eze Ben, Joseph Sunday Ani, Leo Atubolo, Igwe Nnaji, Nicodemus Ogu, Victor Ifeacho, Ekemzie Desony, Thadeus Ndidi, their only offense was that they come to seek for Police permission to organize a rally and for admitting to be MASSOB members and were in possession of Biafran tag, MASSOB I.D. Card, membership form and pamphlets bearing MASSOB / Biafra. The MASSOB legal counsel is Chief Nkemnacho. The suit no is. MB /119C /2003 at the Magistrate Court Edo State before his worship S.A Omonua Esq. on Friday 20th June 2003. Mr. Titus Chukwudi Nwaro and other members of MASSOB were arrested and detained by men of the Nigerian police at Divisional police office Ikom. The DPO Mr. Matthew Firima admitted that his men arrested the MASSOB members because they were preaching about Biafra and wearing caps and T. Shirts with Inscription of MASSOB, I love Biafra, Biafra is alive and was preaching that Biafra has come to stay. They were arraigned at the High Court of Cross River State, Ikom Judicial Division. The suit No is HM /MISC 30/ 2004. Mr. Enoch Iyiegbu and 5 other MASSOB members were arrested by the police at Orumba North and were arraigned to the Chief Magistrate Court, Orumba North after spending one month of torture at the police station. They appeared to the court on treason offense, their offense was that they are in possession of Biafran Materials such as calendars, T- shirts with Biafra / MASSOB. The MASSOB defense counsels are B. N Agulue Esq while Sgt Samuel Abugu was the prosecutor the presiding Magistrate is His worship I . I Udeze ESQ. Bail was granted to each accused person with N50,000 .00 before they were released The men of Nigerian police attached to Aguogbu Owa Police Station arrested 15 MASSOB members and subject them to torture, ill treatment and detained them, they are: Uzoechi Charles, Ogwudile Augustine, Madu Boniface, Geoffrey Udeh, Augustine Osukwuaku, Augustine Mgbechi, Fredrick Eze, Desmond Chigbo, Fabian Oguanya, Agu Victor, Festus Onyebuchi, Ejiofor Udebunu, Ofor John, Charles Okpimo and Osmond Ofoegbu. They were later arraigned at the High Court of Nigeria holden at Enugu on 6/7/2004. The MASSOB members were arrested at their respective homes at different location and at different time at Ezeagu L. G. A in Enugu and were charged to Court based on order from Above according to Supol Shuaibu Ahmed, Ezeagu Police Division. All efforts by relations, friends and counsel of the accused to secure their bail has been futile, Ostensibly on orders from above. The MASSOB defense counsel was Barr Obiekwe C.O.Z Esq. They were later granted bail on 29th July, 2004 after fulfilling the conditions for bail. Top official of Ebonyi State Government sponsored a group of armed youths to attack MASSOB members. The political thugs went and killed two security men on duty at Akaeze L.G.A, then robbed the sum of N113, 111. 00 from the L.G.A Council and the government officials conspired with the thugs to accuse MASSOB for being responsible for the crime in order to give a dog bad name to hang it. They alerted the police who raided MASSOB quarters and arrested 14 MASSOB members who are, Mr. Isaac Igwe, Unagwu Timothy, Sunday Ubani, Emmanuel Agwu Okpo, Sunday Okoh, Linus Nwagwu, Frederick Mark, Ezeke Agwu, Oladinuwama Chukwu, Agwu Chukwu, Emmanuel Ogbuadu, Onyebuchi Jonah John Okorie Olika, Monday Okor were arrested by the Police in Abakaliki and were charged for armed robbery and firearms before a presiding Judge at Abakaliki on 8th September 2004 see case No MAB / 284C /2004 for verification. Mr. Larry Odinmah and Sunday John were arrested by men of the Nigerian police and were detained for one month before they were arraigned at the Federal High Court Umuahia on treasonable felony and for having the intention to levy war on Nigeria. They were accused of illegal agitation for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra, and for possessing 19 copies of Biafra Almanac, Biafran Laminated tags with inscription “ I Love Biafra” and Biafran Pamphlets, Biafran National Anthem, stickers, the MASSOB members were arrested at Timber shade Umuahia. 7th March 2004, Umundugba Mr. Hyacinth Okafor and 32 other members of MASSOB were arrested by the police at Umudugba police station and detained and tortured them for 6 months, before they were arraigned at the Isu Magistrate Court for illegal assembly. The Magistrate, was His WorshIp H. N. Onuoha SNR MAG defense counsel was Chief M. P. S Ngene Esq. they were granted bail with the sum of N250,000 and two sureties for each of the accused. 18th July 2005, Abakaliki 7 MASSOB members who are Onumaegbu Israel, Oke Moses, James Amoke, Ani Chukwuma, Emmanuel Nweze, Obaji Ikechukwu and Linus Nweke were arraigned at the High Court, Abakaliki over a treasonable felony charge. They were accused by the police for belonging to an illegal group- MASSOB. Suit No HAB /M/ 2005. 14 MASSOB members. who are Reuben Aba, Sunday Obiora, Christopher Obasi, Ijeoma Chukwu, Geoffrey Ogazi, Prince Henry Albert, Onudinigwe Orji, Clement Okoye, Gabriel Amadi, Vincent Nworie, Orogwu Nwali, Nkama Eleanya were arrested and detained by the police in Abakaliki and were arraigned before his worship Hon Justice E.A. Ngene on 20/july/2005, V.U Ugwu Esq was defense counsel for MASSOB members. Consequently each of the accused were granted bail with the sum of N20, 000 with one surety. Mr. Paulinus Kanu (M) 33yrs around 10. 00am was arrested by the police and detained at Awgu police station, he was beaten mercilessly by the police and handcuffed. His only crime was that he had in his possession Newspapers and documents about MASSOB activities. He was accused of possessing seditious materials with the Inscription- Republic of New Biafra, and Biafran National Anthem. They were arraigned on 19th Dec. 2005, the prosecutor is Fred, Amadi, the Magistrate is J. S. Ede Esq. He was released after fulfilling the condition for bail, which includes N20,000 and one surety. Mr. Celestine Onyeche (M) (30yrs) Mr. Okechukwu Ayogu (M) (32 yrs) Mr. John Obamadu (25 yrs) were arrested by the Nigerian police at Nmamdi Azikwe stadium Enugu. They were detained, chained and tortured at the police custody. They were later arraigned at the Magistrate Court Enugu North for possessing Biafran Documents and Newspapers with Biafran news items. The police accused them of printing seditions materials and thereby committing an offense of treasonable felony. They later gained freedom after series of adjournments. They were release after fulfilling their bail condition which include N50, 000.00 each and one surety each. See charge No ME /467C/2005 for verifications. Mr. Okechukwu Ohanwe, a MASSOB member was arrested by the police at Otolo Nnewi and was arraigned at the Magistrate Court Nnewi. His only crime was that he hoisted Biafra flag,he was accussed of committing treasonable felony offense. He was arraigned to court on 13th June, 2005 and bail was granted him on 14/6/05 The men of the Nigerian police by the order of police officer Mr. Gabriel Akor (D.P.O) Otolo Nnewi Mohammed Kastina (A.C.P.) State C.I.D Awka Mr. Felix Ogbaudu (C.P) Anambara State, Awka Mr. Sunday Ehinedaro (I.G) arrested, detained, tortured, humiliated and intimidated 16 MASSOB members who are: Sunday Azubuike, Ojukwu Nwachukwu, Anene Anumba, James Chukwuemelie, Cajetham Okafor, Kenneth Odo, Ejiofor Chukwuebuka, Sunday Ibekwe, Omema Chukwu, Kenneth Innonso, Solomon Nwankwo, Chisom Odumegwu, Canic Ojukwu, John Nwude, Chigozie Orajiuba, Walter Ani. The MASSOB members were accused of illegal assembly and promoting a cause of treason against the federal Govt. of Nigeria. Even at Awka State C.I. D the accused demanded to be taken to court, but the police continued to infringe on their fundamental rights, the MASSOB defense counsel is Nze A. U. Abonyi the presiding judge is C.O Nweke judge . see suit No HN\ MISC. 625/2005. Mr. Sampson Ogamba M” age 43yrs was arrested by men of the Nigerian police, detained , tortured and intimidated because he is a member of MASSOB. He was charged for treason as he was arraigned at Oyi Magistrate court before the Magistrate Mrs. Offor and was granted bail with the sum of N500, 000 and a surety, they regained freedom with the sum of N50,000 and two sureties. Sgt Lawrence Bepeh was the prosecutor while Chief C.A.C Ezenwa was the defense counsel for MASSOB. See charge No MCI /28C/2004 for verifications
Mr. Mba Chima (45 yrs) Mr. Thomas Awa, (55 yrs) were arrested by men of the Nigerian police at No 147 Ikot Ekpene Road, Aba. They were arraigned at the Federal High Court Umuahia over Treasonable felony. Their offense was that they are in possession of Biafran flags, camouflages cap and shirts, two Biafran pamphlet seven Biafran receipts, two bags containing Biafran badges, one Biafran currency.
The police arrested 6 MASSOB members at Bonny for being members of MASSOB, they are Michael Nwamkpa, Eroba Boniface, Wanjo Maduwuihe, Boniface Dike, Reginald Abiye Jumbo and Japhter Cleopas. They were detained at Port Harcourt prison for 5 months after they were detained at Bonny Central police station for about 3 weeks. Japhter Cleopas (36 yrs) and Wanjo Maduwuihe nearly died at Port Harcourt State C. I. D as a result of torture and police brutality. They were later arraigned at Port Harcourt Magistrate Court presided over by G. O. Omereji Esq. the prosecutor is inspector A. Nwinoka. They regained their freedom after fulfilling their bail condition. December 20, 2004 Igurita The men of the Nigerian police arrested and detained the following people over involvement in MASSOB’S non- violent activities. They are Augustine Njoku, Thomas Ezekiel, David Okorie, Samuel Chibo, Isreal Uba, Ezego Okoye, they wee arraigned before the Chief Magistrate S. A. Andrew Jaja on 24,/12/04 the prosecutor is M. Ishikaku (CPL) they were granted bail on 29/ 12/04. 21st December 2004 Port Harcourt The men of the Nigerian police on 21st December 2004 arrested and detained Mr. David Ibani, Kelvin Enwerem and Ibe Obioha at Plaza Cenema Hall Port Harcourt,and arraigned at Magistrate Court Port Hacourt over the accusation of treasonable felony their offense was that they hoisted Biafan flags in the City. Sunday Okonkwo (23 yrs) Edwin Ekewuba (20 yrs) Chibuike Ulasi (23 yrs) Calistus Ogwuekeri (25yrs) Ejike Olebunne (28 yrs) Nnanyere Chukwurobe (45 yrs) were all arrested, tortured Intimidated and arraigned to court by men of the Nigerian police they were arraigned at Nnewi Magistrate Court over treasonable felony. Their crime was that they were in possession of Biafra/ American flags and were chanting Biafran songs and saying “ Give us Biafra, we want Biafra” 11 MASSOB members, who are James Obasi, Chizuruoke Amechi, Christopher Onuzuruike. Ngozi Ogwuminike, Samuel Orji, Edwin Ngoejieji, Eziaku Achor, Chidubem Omejirichi, Ngozi Nwanyi, Emeka Ede were arrested, beaten, and treated shabbily by men of the Nigerian police at Uwani Area of Enugu North. They were later arraigned at Enugu North Magistrate Court over a treasonable felony charge, their offense was that police recovered from them Biafran pounds, Biafran flags, Biafran cap, MASSOB identity cards. They were arraigned on 8/12/2005 before the Magistrate Obieze, while the prosecutor was C. Y Ngwu. Though the accused has been released and for verification see charge No 446C / 2005. Mbaitoli Magistrate Court 2005 Mr. Nkemjika Okoro and 34 others who are members of MASSOB were arrested by the Nigerian police over their evolvement in MASSOB Activities. After spending about 8 months in police detention they were arraigned at Mbaitoli Magistrate Court on treasonable felony charge, the prosecutor is Inspector Mercy Edonobi, while J. C. N Achuko Esq is the defence Council of members and his worship E. Anyadike (Mrs.) presided over the case. The counsel for the accused MASSOB members informed the court that for six times the prosecutor has not been able to put in a witness and there is no complainant , and the Magistrate dismissed the case for want of diligent prosecution and the MASSOB members were discharged, on 29/4/2005 15th March 2005 IZZI, Abakaliki Mr. Joseph Ogharu, Joseph Nwanwe, Iboko Emmanuel, Mbam Jonas, Nkwede Friday, Amos Nwiba, Jonah Omiyi, Thomas Nwibo Nkwede Osondu, Enugu Godwin, Everastus Nwibo, Ignatius Nwogar, Chikwuma Nkwede, Samuel Nwibo, Christopher Ochiali, Nkwede Chukwuka, James Obia, Martina Mbam, Grace Mbam, Dennis Mbam , Chinyere Mbadikwe were arrested by men of the Nigerian police on a tip off at Ekebeligwe Primary School Izzi in Abakaliki. They were accused of planning to levy war against Federal Government of Nigeria, their crime is that they belong to an illegal organization called MASSOB. on 2nd February 2005, MASSOB Chieftain Mr. Emmanuel Osondu dragged to court, commissioner of police Anambara Mr. Felix Ogbuadu, Mr. Charles. A. Onugha (D.P.O) Njikoka Div Hqts Abagana, Mr. Okon Simon, police officer attached to Abagana police station Augustine, a Police Officer and Bassey. U over the incessant arrest, detention, Intimidation and harassment of MASSOB members in the area. Emma Osondu, a native of Urofia village, Abagana enforced his fundamental Right by asking the court to restrict the police from further arresting and intimidating MASSOB members in the Area. see Suit No- HID/ MISC. 10 / 2005 at the High Court of Idemili Judicial Division holding at Ogidi. On 7th June 2005, at the high court Orlu, members of MASSOB Mr. Christians Ogbuji, Clement Ibe, Juliana Okoro (Mrs.) dragged to Orlu High Court, Chief Ifeanyi Oguzie Executive Chairman Isu L.G.A, Philomina Ofonagoro P. A to the Executive Chairman, Isu L.G. A D. P. O Divisional Police Station Umudugba Isu L.G.A and the Commissioner of Police Imo State to enforce their fundament Rights, and for the court to Issue an order to restrict the aforementioned from further intimidating, harassing, arresting and detaining of MASSOB members. The presiding Judge his Lordship Hon. Justice B N. A Njemanze, while the defense counsel for the accused is E.E. Chukwuka Esq. The following MASSOB members were arrested, tortured and humiliated by the men of Delta State Police command over involvement in MASSOB programmes, they are, Onwukeze Cyprian Aloysius Nwuke, Choppinson, Peter Ugwu, Salvation Nwankwo, Valentine, Jeremiah Oboh and Aloysius were arrested on August 10th 2005 at Ezemaka primary school while holding a peaceful meeting. They were detained and accused of illegal Assembly. They were detained at Asaba State C.I.D for 3 weeks and later arraigned at Obiaruku magistrate court and were remanded at Agbor prison for 2 months and 3 weeks. Delta State police command image makers Miss Olabisi Okuwobi who confirmed the arrest in Asaba told journalist that the MASSOB members were arrested for being in possession of MASSOB I. D Cards, Biafran map, and insignias of Biafra / MASSOB. They were released on 26th Nov. 2005. Attached is the pictures of the victims of police brutality, taken at the court premises. See vanguard Newspaper Wednesday August 17, 2005. The MASSOB members spent close to N550, 000 before they regained their freedom. Men of the Nigerian police stormed the court premises of the Federal High Court Owerri on the 1/2/2005 where Chief Uwazuruike has a case for the enforcement of his fundamental Rights against the former Director of SSS, Imo State, Commissioner of police Imo state. On that day the police who do not like to hear any mention of Biafra or see anyone supporting or campaigning for Biafra / MASSOB descended on Innocent supporters of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, brutalize them, freely used tear gas canister at the court premises on both men and Women, many sustained injuries during the stamped at the court premesis, and police arrested, beat the MASSOB members and 6 buses were impounded and detained at the premises of state police command Owerri, and 22 MASSOB members were detained by the police at Owerri. The MASSOB members are as follows: Emmanuel Omenka, Fidelis Nwatu, Gregory Obi Michael Uneke, Ikechukwu Nnaka, Sampson Kuma, James Effiong, Anthony Okafor, Enyinnaya Orji, Onyema Uche, Ufere Oge, Raphael Anigbo, Johnbosco Uzochukwu, Echaria Udom, Ngozi Okwanma, Onyinyechi Okenwa, Emma Nwaounma, Wilson Ezuomike Uche Ndukwe, Clifford Nwachukwu, Felix Okoroji. Friday Umeze. Registration No of impended vehicles are Mitsubushi Bus L300 X B 529 UKP Mitsubushi Bus L300 X A 434 ABA Mitsubushi Bus L300 X D 334 ABA Mitsubushi Bus L300 X A 517 MMA The MASSOB members were arraigned on 9th February 2005 before Owerri magistrate Court, holding at Owerri, they were released on or about 18th 22nd,Feb 2005 see charge No. Ow/ 50C / 2005 for verification Mr. Felix Emenelu ”M” 40 yrs and other 79 MASSOB members were arrested by the police at peoples club hall along Enugu/ Abakaliki Express way as they gathered for a religious programme aimed at offering prayers for MASSOB members. They were tear gassed, arrested and detained by the police/ SSS at Abakaliki Central Police Station, after which they were arraigned at the court of Abakaliki Magistrate for belonging to unlawful society called MASSOB / Biafra and were accused of treasonable felony offense many Reverends, Pastors, Evangelists and Bishops were humiliated, tortured and wounded by the police for associating wit h MASSOB. They were arraigned on 9/5/ 2005. The prosec utor is Insp Thomas Oyibe, and the Magistrate is N. A. Uzoma (Mrs.), Chief Mag GD11. They were later released after fulfilling their bail conditions. See charge No MAB 229C/ 2005 for verifications. The men of Nigerian police force attached to Abakaliki and Ebony State police command Swooped at Spara Indeo Junction Abakaliki and raided the building where MASSOB members uses for their peaceful meetings and arrested the following MASSOB members, Nwabueze Okenian, Augustine Ezeugwu, Onyeke Thomas, Stanley Ohaegbulam ,Chibueze Ome, Ogbaga Fidelis, Obinna Nwibo, Nnandi Ani Nwododo, Otobo James, Nwaobudo Innocent Afefi Edwin, Ogbonna David, Iseh Chukwubuike. Innocent Dike, Kingsley Ezeugo, Augustine Uzoma, Ifeanyi Onyeje were arrested by the police along Abakaliki/ Enugu Express way while attending a religions conference organized by members of MASSOB on May, 8 2005 at people club Abakaliki. They arrested by the police who mounted road block along the road and were diverted to state C. I. D Enugu where they were detained and tortured for 2 weeks before they were arraigned at Magistrate Court Awgu, after spending another 2 months at Awgu prison. Their offense was that they were in possession of Newspapers called voice of Biafran Newspapers. They were accused of printing and circulating seditions materials with Inscriptions of Republic of Biafra.the items were confisticated uptil date. They were charged for treasonable felony on 23 / 5/ 2005 before the Chief Magistrate J.S. Ede Esq. The case was adjourned to 11 /8/2005. However they have been released after fulfilling the bail conditions. See charge No MWG/ 49C /2005 for verifications. April 21st 2005, Port Harcourt The River State Police Command acted on a tip off and swooped at life gate church along Ikwerre road mile 2 Diobu Port Harcourt and arrested 11 MASSOB members who are having their meeting to embark on mobilization and sensitization progeammes. The following people were arrested, “ Jerry Nwokocha “M” (50 yrs) All well Orjiugo “M” 36 yrs Godwin Anyanwu, “M” (58 yrs) Amason Alum “M” (38 yrs) Bathlomew Ejezie “M” (47 yrs) Chief Barnabas Amadi “M” (51 yrs) Christopher Obi Nwechie “M” (46 yrs) Samuel Ike “M” (35 yrs) John Ugwu “M” (30yrs) Uzor Nwachukwu “M” (53 yrs) Omereni Ogbunefu “M” 60 yrs were detained and subjected to torture, Inhuman treatment and abused for being Members of MASSOB. They were detained at the State C.I.D Port Harcourt with criminals for some months before they were arraigned before the Magistrate court in Port Harcourt. Though they have been released after meeting their bail conditions the police officer who prepared the charge sheet deliberately did not include the court, the charge number, date of arraignment, the name of the prosecutor and date of adjournment in the document
At about 6 pm on Tuesday, October 25th 2005, at Umunamu Village, Okwe in Onuimo L. G. A Area of lmo State,Chief Ralph Uwazuruike was abducted by the operatives of state security services and was whisked away to SSS headquarters Abuja, where he was detained for 13 days without access to his doctors lawyer, family or friend, since his abduction he have been subjected to detention, imprisonment ,physical and psycological torture. After 13 days he was arraigned in court on charge wit h treasonable felony with the other six MASSOB members whom the police arrested at diverse locations in Owerri for possessing Biafran pounds. Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and the other 6 accused were arraigned in a court of law without a defense counsel on January 7th, because the SSS specifically refused them legal counsel. They reported to the judge that they were maltreated, detained underground and chained in SSS cells, but the judge did nothing regarding the complain. Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and other six MASSOB members are still in prison detention at Suleja Nigeria Prison. See suit No FHCHAB/M/ 562 / 05 for verification of the application by Chief Uwazuruike for leave to enforce his fundamental Rights which was Signed by MASSOB defense counsel Festus Keyamo, Esq. on 1st Nov 2005.
Operatives of State Security services in Onitsha Anambara State in Collaboration with press men suspected to be former staffs of Minaj Station swooped at No 25 Aggrey street Fegge Onitsha in a mini bus loaded with armed to tooth security agents and arrested Corm Uchenna Madu, the MASSOB Director of information, he was detained tortured , humiliated by the Security Agent before taken him to SSS Headquarter Abuja for interrogation and arraignment to court. He (Uchenna Madu) was arraigned alongside the following MASSOB members, Nwachukwu Ojukwu, Sunday Ibekwe, Ejiofor Chukwuebuka, Solomon Nwankwo, Ikechukwu, Meekam, Chisom Odumegwu, James Chukwuemela, Walter Ani, Anene Onumba, Cajethan Okafor, Sunday Azubuike, John Nwaeke, Chigozie Orajiuba, Kenneth Odoh, Onueme Chukwu, and Kenneth at the high Court in Abuja Judicial Division in a case between, the Director State Security Services (SSS) Inspector General of police and the Attorney General of the Federation. The other fellows with him are mainly traders from Onitsha, Nnewi in Anambara State. They were detained for bein MASSOB members. There continued detention has put their health in jeopardy. Kevin Emeka Okoro Esq. is MASSOB defense counsel. 9 MASSOB members who are indigene of Imilike village Nsukka in Igbo- Eze North L.G.A, Enugu were arrested by men of Nigeria police along the University road Nsukka, for being in possession of MASSOB identity card. Those arrested inchude a 2 weeks pregnant woman and they are as follows: Augustine Ugwuja, faith Eze, Sylvanus Odoh, Nnamdi. P. Odoh, John Ayogu, Samuel Obi, Romanus Arua, Emmanuel Eze, Emmanuel Ogbonna. The pregnant woman Faith Eze was arrested on her way to the church to attend catechism. Mr. Sylranus Odoh a carp enter was arrested at his workshop at University Road Nsukka. Romanus Obi was arrested on September 7th 2005, he is a painter, an artisan. He was arrested while going to his office, Emmanuel Eze (18yrs) is a student of Jss3, he was arrested while coming back from school. Emmanuel Ogbonna is a farmer, he was arrested while on his way to take food to his wife who delivered newly at the Bishop Shanaham Hospital Nsukka, when he was arrested with food flask. He was beating and pushed inside a police vehicle and accused him for being among MASSOB members who were carrying placards and demonstrating against the Government of Nigeria on Sept 7, 2005, these men and women were maliciously charged and detained in police custody on 7th Sept/2005 at a police station in Nsukka. They were beaten up and detained. the detainee are still in prison custody since 7 months now without charging them to court. They are now languishing in prison custody. They were arrested over the protest Organized by MASSOB on September 7, 2005 over the raid by SSS/ Police and Soldiers at Chief Ralph Uwazwruike house. They have been arrainged at Enugu Magistrate court on 9/ Sep/ 2005 before his worship P.C. Nwankwo Esq. M.A.O Iyamabor Esq. (S.P) with Edward Obiyor Esq (A.S.P) appears for the prosecutor Mrs. U.J. Ogbuefi, while C.O.Z Obiekwe Esq appears for the accused persons see attached document for proof. MONDAY 16, JANUARY 2006 ONITSHA, 12 MASSOB members who were arrested by the police/ SSS on or after December 5th 7th 2005 in Onitsha Anambara State were granted bail by the Onitsha Chief Magistrate court on Monday 16, 2006. the MASSOB members were charged for unlawful assembly and disturbing of public peace during the sit at- home protest organized by MASSOB. The accused person are Chinedu Chukwuemeka, Emeka Nwobosi, Chima Amafor, Chibuzor Ekeibe, Okanandu Nwachineke, Chinedu Ozoude, Amuche Ucha, Chukwudi Nkana. Charlse Ogbonnaya, Stephen Uka, Sunday Chukwu and Mathias Ikedi all male. They appeared before the presiding Chief magistrates Mrs. Ma bel M,bakwe who granted them bail on condition of #10,000 with one surely for each person. The case was adjourned till April 11, 2006. Mr. Anya Anthony was the defense counsel to the accused MASSOB members. The MASSOB members were arrested at Inland town Onitsha during the protest and taken to force headquarters Abuja, before they were finally brought back and charged in Onitsha magistrate court. See daily champion Newspaper page 3 Thursday January 19, 2006 for details and verifications. A joint team of State Security services, police and soldiers has routinely raided the home of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike since he was arrested and detained. The security Agents have Incessantly invaded the MASSOB secretariat looking for arms and any item that could implicate the MASSOB leader for involvement in violent activity, but in each raid they found nothing. The latest raid occurred in January 19 2006, they invaded the Umunamu Village, ransacked the neighbour hood, destroying personal properties, and properties of members of MASSOB. They arrested some bus drivers who conveyed MASSOB members to the meeting. The meeting scheduled for the day was disrupted as members ran into the bush to avoid being mowed down or arrested by the security agents.See Daily Champion page 7 February 18, 2006 for details of police/ SSS and Army raids according to mother of chief Ralph Uwazuruike Ezinne Monica Ugochi Uwazuruike for verification. Also see letter of petition forwarded to United Nation Headquarters Newyork on Human Right violation and the use of live ammunition on defenseless MASSOB members and police/ Soldiers brutality on innocent Igbo Civilians , see, Daily champing page 6, Thursday December 29, 2005. 100 MASSOB members were arrested in Onitsha on Thursday 16th February 2006, Many residence of Onitsha were wounded following the stampede during the police raid OF MASSOB offices in Onitsha. The Onitsha Police Area Commander Mr. Dennis Anyagafu while speaking to the press admitted that his men arrested MASSOB members. He accused them to be armed robbers. This is a latest plot by the Federal Government to blackmail MASSOB in order to intimidate, and implicate members of the Movement. Since MASSOB made its opposition stand on the 2006 census known, there been unusual movement of soldiers/Mobile police in Eastern Nigeria. Watch out for more details on harassment, intimidation, killing and detention of MASSOB members and Igbo traders by the Nigerian security agents, see Daily Champion Monday 20 February for details.
Compiled and reported by: Members of People Against Rights Abuses in Nigeria (PARAN)
Posted to the web on April 18, 2006