Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, on August 8, 2013, accused Delta State Police Command of killing seven of its members in two separate raids allegedly carried out by an anti-riot policemen and local vigilante operatives in Delta State.
According to MASSOB, the raid, which started at Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, Anambra State, resulted in arrest and detention of one Ndubuisi Nwosu, a MASSOB chieftain now believed to be held in Cell 4 at the Anambra State Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, headquarters, Awkuzu. The group said the raid spread to Delta State where the latest onslaught allegedly took place.
Mr. Mazi Chris Mocha, the Media Assistant to Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, revealed the statement in which the mentioned accusation was contained.
Mr. Mocha also reported that after the raid at MASSOB regional office at Omelugboma in Oshimili local government area of the state, during which the seven members were shot dead on the spot, a similar operation was repeated on August 7, 2013.
He said: “Seven persons were shot dead on the spot, while over 96 others sustained various degrees of injuries arising from bullet wounds.”
The victims of the assault were identified by MASSOB as Luke Okonta, Nathaniel Okosieme, Ephraim Okocha, Okey Innocent, Akaliese Aniemena, Joseph Oroni and Miss Blessing Uwechue.
Mr. Mocha also named the people who were arrested. The list included more than 103 names.
The speaker also said the police squad also removed property from the MASSOB office, including a computer set, Biafran currency (pounds) and a generating set, before vandalizing 45 plastic chairs in the office and making away with the sum of N50,000 which would have been used to settle the MASSOB office rent.
Mr. Mocha alleged that after the police team had left the scene, the local vigilante operatives took their own turn in the looting exercise as they embarked on a house-to-house search and looting of personal property belonging to MASSOB members in the area, claiming that they were acting on the instruction of the police commissioner.