No fewer than 220 members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), including leader of the group, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, were yesterday arrested by the soldiers at a check-point at Okigwe, Imo State, for allegedly putting on Biafran uniform.
They were arrested on their way to Monobil Hotel Okigwe, where members of Okigwe Zonal Youth Conference had organized an honour award for Uwazuruike for his efforts to emancipate the Igbo.
However, while the MASSOB leader was later released when one Captain Ola, leader of the soldiers, arrived at the scene of the incident, his 220 members who were there to felicitate with him at the award ceremony were taken to an unknown destination.
When contacted on phone, Uwazuruike confirmed the incident, saying he did not know where his men were taken to at the moment. He said he would go to the Okigwe office of the army to look for them and seek their release after the award ceremony.
He regretted that the army and police had continued to harass MASSOB members even when they have not constituted any security breach.
Uwazuruike further reiterated the determination of the group to emancipate the Igbo and enthrone a Sovereign State of Biafra.