- A leader of MASSOB in Ebonyi state, Mr John Nwifuru, urges institutions of government to obey a court verdict in his favour
- Nwifuru says MASSOB under the leadership of Uwazuruike has been non-violent from 1999 till date
- The MASSOB leader states that the group has never violated any Nigerian law
A leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in Ebonyi state, Mr John Nwifuru, has said no amount of police intimidation and harassment would deter him from pursuing the agenda of MASSOB even if he dies in the process.
Nwifuru who is also a leader of the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) made the statement on Thursday, April 20, when insisting that it was the judiciary that ordered the Ebonyi state police command to return all the properties they took from his office and pay him compensation for infringing on his fundamental human rights.
The MASSOB (BIM) leader referring to a copy of the judgment that was delivered on February 17, 2014 by Justice F.C. Inya-Agha, stressed the need for institutions of government to obey the verdicts of the court, Vanguard reports.
He said it was the police that took the case to the Appeal Court in a bid to jail him but failed as the court ordered the police to release him as he didn’t have any case to answer.
He said: "If they deny me, God will not deny me; I have all the evidence of the ruling delivered by the Nigerian court in my favour. During proceedings, the police brought four lawyers to facilitate my jail but they couldn’t as the Court ordered me to go and that I did not have any case to answer and that they (police) should go to 5 national dailies and apologize to me.
“MASSOB of Uwazuruike is non violent from 1999 till date; the group has never violated any Nigerian law and that’s why we are being killed like fowls. We have lawyers, doctors, commissioners and even policemen who are apart of us. Though they may be intimidating and killing us, they are part of us. But government workers are afraid because of that name ‘freedom fighters’ because if they come out as our members they could be sacked. They are our brothers.”
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has made some changes in its leadership structure, NAIJ.com has learnt.
According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, the new leaders would pilot the day-to-day running of the affairs of the group
The new leadership is expected to work under the leadership and command structure of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his deputy, Uche Mefor.
The new officers according to the statement are: George Onyeibe from Agbor, Delta state who is now Africa Representative and Interim Nigeria coordinator; Tonye Tiger Amachree, from Ijaw in Bayelsa state who assumes the office of Biafra land coordinator and Ategwa William Eje from Yala local government, Cross Rivers state, now the deputy Biafra land coordinator.
Those appointed regional coordinators which is part of executive council are Akpan from Ikot-Ekpene Akwa-Ibom state, representing Biafra land east; Duke Oyibo, from Urhobo in Ughelli South, Delta state, representing Biafra land west; Aghaerigbo Chukwujindu from Ikeduru Owerri Imo state, representing Biafra land central.
In the NAIJ.com video below, IPOB members stage a protest in front of Federal High Court Abuja.