MASSOB And Other Biafran Victims of Nigeria's Brutality
Their offense? Membership of MASSOB (Movement for the Actualization of the Soverign State of Biafra), a non-violent Movement with a non-violent agenda.
Excerpted from: News Analysis April 22 2006
Mr. Leonard Nwaora, P.A.,
Mr. Isaac Ndubuisi Nwosu, C.P.A.
both members of MASSOB, were arrested at Ijebu-Ode at their houses by over twenty men of the Nigeria SSS on the 13th of December 2005 and detained at Igbeba Prisons in Ijebu-Ode up till recently. Because of the strong show of solidarity and caring by our fellow MASSOB members who visited these two men in jail frequently, the Nigeria Prison and Court authorities decided to transfer them to a different jail, this time, in Abeokuta, in order to make such visits impossible.
Mazi Amaechi Obialor
arrested in Kaduna along with two other MASSOB members, on or about April 17 2005—a year ago to date—still languishes in a Kaduna jail.
Excerpted from: News Analysis April 29 2006
Our brothers and members of MASSOB:
who were seized by the efulefu Igbo vigilante group and handed over to the State CID in Awka several weeks ago, have not been accounted for by the police and have not been arraigned in court anywhere. We do not know their fate, and have not located them in any police prisons; hence, they are feared dead at the hands of the Nigeria police.
We also know that MASSOB members who were shot and wounded by the Nigeria police in Onitsha during the March 2006 census boycott were sent to the hospital to receive treatment. They were later arrested by the police while still in the hospital and subsequently prevented from receiving, and denied, further medical treatment. Not only have they been allowed to suffer thus of their police-inflicted gunshot wounds and left to die, the police are ready and eager to brand them with the false tag of “armed robbers” in order to justify killing them off. The police have also refused to arraign these men in court so that friends, family and relatives could actually see their faces or catch a glimpse of them, while at the same time, refusing them visits.
Here are their names:
Other unnamed members of this set are believed to have already died at the hands of the police. The Onitsha Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, Mr. Anyagafu, is responsible for the arrest of these our brethren.
The few who make it out of police detention alive suffer the effects of their horrid prison experience long afterwards. Such is the case of
who were arrested and imprisoned by the Nigeria police during the December 5th and 6th 2005 sit-in protest. They now have problems with their vision.