Biafra: IPOB, MASSOB Deny Seizure of Merchant Ship by Its Members

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Biafra: IPOB, MASSOB Deny Seizure of Merchant Ship by Its Members

The two main groups known for the Biafra struggle The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB have both come out to respond to the recent news that some of its members or people sympathetic to their course hijacked a merchant ship and threatened to blow it up unless Nnamdi Kanu was released.

Speaking to journalists, Mr. Emma Powerful the Media and Publicity officer for IPOB said that IPOB is a non violent group and cannot be linked to the allegation. He however added that “Many people are sympathetic to the Biafran actualization cause because of the treatment meted to the entire Biafran land comprising the former Eastern Region. Many  groups are also rising up to speak against the treatment meted to the IPOB leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu who at present is  being incarcerated in Kuje prison, and they can use any style to make their demand felt by the Federal Government but no IPOB member has a hand in it.”

Mr Uchenna Madu, leader of MASSOB also confirmed that no member of MASSOB was involved in such an act if it really did occur. He also however agreed that with some other groups springing up on the issue of Biafra, some could have decided to take a more violent step.

He said “I am aware that a militant group sometime gave the Federal Government twenty one-day ultimatum to release Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, failing which they threatened that they will do what will surprise the Nigerian government. May be it is the group, I do not even remember their name but I heard or read about that threat.

“You know that a lot of groups are springing up from the old Eastern Region to agitate for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra and as far as they are fighting for Biafra, we cannot disown them, but they have their own style which I think the Federal Government of Nigeria understands easily.  If you are not violent, they will not understand and they  will ignore you. So, we support the group if that is what they have actually done.

“We in MASSOB are not involved in violence, that is why they do not take us serious. They believe we are illiterate job seekers that are frustrated in life and decided to demand for Biafra. They think that our own is to demonstrate peacefully and they will shoot and kill us and go into jubilation that they have dealt with us, but now, they have seen their match. We support the people if they have actually done that.”

There is yet no detail of the ship purportedly hijacked. As of now, the story is still treated as an unconfirmed allegation.

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Akuma Timothy Emeka

Yes ooo

Emmanuel Okezie

Call them militant but they are our people we are proud of the m

Mohammed Jajere

Turning sentences up and down. Like GEJ time.

Don Billy Odemwingie

Biafra u people are disgrace to our great nation, u people are going no where,the Yoruba and hausa u people are acussing are better than Biafra, they love them self.I love my great Nigeria and I will always be proud of my country,so called kalu will die in jail

Igwe Felix Ikem

Nice peaple
Biafra my Nation
One Live
Go On

Jioke Frank

Even though, we dnt hold any explanation to any body, d demand is verry simple release our director nd d ship will be release too

Jarule General

Thank God say i be biafran man i no from zoo country, mumu country wey call dem selves nigeria

Ifeanyi Godwin Ike

This name called Nigeria is stinking,very bad and undesirable for we biafrans to bear .

Obia Edwin Ogbonna

olaniyi, you talk senseless, let me tell you money is worthless to BIAFRA my NATION. as you have desired to be slave to hausa fulani’s so shall you be.

Rafiu Olaniyi Popoola

They better don’t try it or else they will be treated as boko haram.