The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) has begged Governor Ayodele Fayose to release Igbo traders who are in detention in the state. The Punch reports that in a statement released on Sunday, July 23, MASSOB said they could not believe that their members would be in detention in a state governed by Fayose.
They noted that those detained have not been arraigned before any court and expressed worries that this was happening in Ekiti. The Biafra group said the traders have been in detention since 2016 and begged Fayose to look into the case.
They gave the names of those in detention as: David Reuben, Onyemechi Nwanneka, Christopher Godwin, David Chukwu, Sunday Agbo, Sunday Mgbiri, Chisoba Obiekwe and Nwobodo James.
Part of the statement read: We want to bring to the attention of his Excellency, Governor Fayose of Ekiti State about the unlawful arrest and detention of some Igbo traders doing their legitimate businesses around Post Office, Ado Ekiti since Dec, 2016 by the agents of the state government task force.
“MASSOB is worried that since last year December, they have not been arraigned before any court or allowed medical attention. ” Every efforts to secure their release are being frustrated by Ekiti state security agents. These men are breadwinners of their respective families.”
Meanwhile, some prominent leaders in Benue and Rivers state strongly rejected the plan by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to extend his proposed Biafra Republic to their states.
The reaction of the leaders followed a claim by the IPOB leader that while he was in detention, an agent of the federal government had offered him to secede with the five Igbo states but that he rejected the offer because it did not constitute the complete territory of Biafra.
But his claim has infuriated some prominent leaders in Benue and Rivers states who questioned the mental state of Nnamdi Kanu, The Punch reports. Speaking on the issue, a prominent Benue leader who is a retired police chief, Abubakar Tsav, said Kanu’s speech has shown that the IPOB leader must have some mental disorders.