The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have declared their support for the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA ultimatum issued to governors of the South-East region and their counterparts from Bayelsa and Delta states.
According to The Sun, MASSOB issued a statement through its national secretary, Ugwuoke Ibem Ugwuoke, applauding the NDA for its “commitment, selfless service and spirit of consistency to Biafran struggle for actualisation”.
The group stated:
“MASSOB hails their (NDA) demands for the unconditional release of all pro-Biafra agitators detained across South Eastern states. Governors of the South-East must release all Biafra agitators detained in their respective states now.
The Pro-Biafra group called on Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo state and Willie Obiano of Anambra state to release Biafra agitators held in their states since 2007 and 2013 respectively.
MASSOB disclosed that out of the 22 MASSOB detainees in Awkwa and Onitsha, one is physically challenged, while two of them are female. It also noted that 15 detainees need serious medical attention. In the statement, the group said:
“They have been abandoned in the prison yard to rot away for being MASSOB members. Several court adjournments, transfer of judges who want to establish justice and systematic delay of trial, have been used to frustrate their release at the Federal High Court Awka and state high Court, Ogidi and Federal High Court Owerri.
“MASSOB appeals to the governors to intervene and affect their release because of their aged parents who have suffered psychological trauma. Also, many of the detainees are bread winners of their families, and many of their children are no longer in school, while their wives have gone back to their respective villages.”
Recall that June 13, the Avengers gave what it described as the ‘last warning’ to seven state governors to release pro-Biafran agitators being held in police and military custody in their states or face the full wrath of the militants.