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MASSOB Protest - Conflicting reports on vandalism


- Nigeria/Africa Masterweb News Desk

( Wednesday, November 9, 2005 )

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"Commuters and business activities were for the second time in two weeks grounded in the southern commercial city of Onitsha for several hours."


The residence of late Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria's first president, was on Monday burnt by members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), who were demonstrating against the arrest of their leader, News Agency of Nigeria reported. Two buildings and a car at the premises were destroyed in the blaze according to an eye witness. MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) on October 25. The SSS agents disguised themselves as youth corpers to effect the arrest.

Commuters and business activities were for the second time in two weeks grounded in the southern commercial city of Onitsha for several hours. Niger Bridge and the entire Onitsha-Asaba expressway were blocked with burning motor tyres and vehicles not allowed to enter nor leave Onitsha while the demonstration lasted. The demonstrators carried placards chanting war songs. The placards had varying inscriptions which included, "Nigeria's abduction of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike is inhuman," "Freedom is sure," "We are Biafrans, not Nigerians," "Please release Chief Uwazuruike," and "Stop killing MASSOB." Demonstrations took place in other cities, including Nnewi, Asaba, Owerri, Lagos, Aba, Yenagoa, Onueke and Umuahia.

Comrade Uche Madu, MASSOB Director of Information, denied the involvement of their members in the burning of the late president's residence. He accused government agents of the vandalism and said it was aimed at discrediting MASSOB. Madu claimed two of their members were shot dead by police and several others injured. Comrade Madu said the protest was nationwide aimed at compelling the government to release their leader Chief Uwazuruike.

Chief Venatius Muoneke, another MASSOB leader, told reporters that the protest was for the immediate and unconditional release of Chief Uwazuruike. He added that the protest was also aimed at sensitizing the world that Nigeria had not stopped the killing and arrest of MASSOB members. Chief Muoneke said the movement remained non-violent since its formation in 2000, and that Uwazuruike had never advocated violence in the struggle.

Mrs. Ngozi Kanu, MASSOB Aba Area Women Administrator, warned that if Uwazuruike was not released, MASSOB women would march to Aso Rock and urinate there in protest.

MASSOB reportedly issued a statement that no amount of intimidation would cow her to submission, and that the movement would protest until their leader was released. Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Udom Ekpoudom, addressing newsmen Monday( day of protest ) warned that the Command would henceforth treat any MASSOB member found in the state as an armed robbery suspect.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organization of Ndigbo, on Tuesday exonerated MASSOB from blame over the burning of late Dr. Azikiwe's residence. The organization called for a probe of the incident to unravel the culprits. Col. Joe Achuzie (rtd), Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, leveled the blamed on security agents, whom he said failed to protect the premises. He said Ohanaeze strongly believed MASSOB would not carry out such an act.


Below is an excerpt of an email( unedited ) we received from Nigeria - Disclaimer: We can not attest to its authenticity nor correctness, neither do we support its profanity. -Masterweb

"It happened on 7th Nov. 2005 that Massob organized protest for the arrest of our leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike by (SSS). IN Onitsha here, we all gather at No. 13 Ede Road, there we marched to Bridge Head and we sang Biafran National Anthem, then from Bridge Head down to Zik’s round about there was a great road block at every corner of the road from Bridge Head, to say enough of Nigeria intimidation, deprive of resource control, joblessness of every Biafran, starvation, hunger and killing of innocent Biafrans and Massobians. We all moved with one voice saying "release our leader and allow Biafrans to go because we are tired of one Nigeria because we are all dying by Obasanjo’s evil security, i.e. Hausa/Yoruba men.

As we were proceeding, the movement was very peaceful, no one hurt and no one was touched by our members because we were none violent. But when we got to Zik’s roundabout, the evil police men who were sent by Obasanjo to kill all Biafrans one by one started shooting on us directly, immediately they saw us then we started running away and they injured over 10 people and three were killed, the worst of it was that they arrested over fifteen members and they took them inside Zik’s compound and set the compound ablaze and escaped through fence wall and we don’t know the whereabout of our brothers till now, about 35 people are missing and I grabbed the name of one police man Simon Magaji of the Housa evil police men who was sent by F.G. to kill all for nothing.

At Nnewi, the protest was so great to the extent that every shop at Nkwo market was shot for the protest and it was very peaceful but the evil police arrested 25 people. And the protest took place in all Biafra territory and outside Biafra like Enugu, Owerri, Aba, Benin City, Lagos, Abuja, Bayelsa, Port-Harcourt, Umuahia, Asaba, at Mgbidi Onitsha – Owerri road was blocked and all travellers diverted into Orlu town.

In Calabar also, it was so great over there and there was a great road block from Amawbia to Ekwulobia the protest was also hot there."


Igbos in Graz, Austria participate in MASSOB Worldwide Demonstration (WWD) of May 27, 5005
Igbos in Graz, Austria participate in MASSOB Worldwide Demonstration (WWD) of May 27, 5005
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Uwazuruike, 6 others charged with treason
Wednesday, November 9, 2005

ABUJA— DETAINED leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike, and six other members of the group were yesterday arraigned at a Federal High Court, Abuja on a four-count charge of treason and “intent to levy war in order to intimidate and overawe the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” This came 24 hours after protests by MASSOB supporters in Nnewi, Owerri, Enugu and Onitsha where a clash between them and the police apparently sparked the fire that gutted the Inosi Onira home of Nigeria’s first president, the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.

However, Governor Chris Ngige of Anambra State on a sympathy visit to the Azikwes yesterday accused the National Union of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) of burning the houses. Chief Chukwuma Azikiwe, eldest son of the late Dr Azikwe, said the family lost everything to the fire.

Uwazuruike charged

Charged with Uwazuruike were: Chibuike Nwosu (23); Benedict Alakwen (45); Chimankpa Okorocha (19); Kelechi Ubabuike (27); Ambrose Anyanso (46) and Augustine Ihuoma. They were said to have “between January 2004 and October 2005 at Owerri, Imo State and other places in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court with intent to levy war, overawe and overthrow the legitimate government of Nigeria did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit treason against the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 37(2) of the Criminal Code Act, Chapter 77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and punishable under section 37 of the Criminal Code Act.”

COUNT 2: That you Ralph Uwazuruike “m’ 45 years old, Chibuike Nwosu ‘m’ 23 years old, Benedict Alakwen ‘m’ 45 years old, Chimankpa Okorocha ‘m’ 19 years old, Kelechi Ubabuike ‘m’ 27 years old, Ambrose Anyaso ‘m’ 46 years old and Augustine Ihuoma ‘m’ all of MASSOB Headquarters, Okwe, Onu-Imo Local Government Area of Imo State on diverse dates (between January 2004 and October 2005) at Owerri, Imo State and other places in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did commit treason against the Federal Republic of Nigeria by belonging to a militant group called MASSOB Army which is undergoing training with intent to levy war in order to intimidate and overawe the President and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria And you thereby committed a felony contrary to and punishable under section 37(1) of the Criminal Code Act Chapter 77 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990

COUNT 3: That you Ralph Uwazuruike ‘m’ 45 years old, Chibuike Nwosu ‘m’ 23 years old, Benedict Alakwen ‘m’ 45 years old, Chimankpa Okorocha ‘m’ 19 years old, Kelechi Ubabuike ‘m’ 27 years old, Ambrose Anyaso ‘m’ 46 years old and Augustine Ihuoma ‘m’ all of MASSOB Headquarters, Okwe, Onu-Imo Local Government Area of Imo State on diverse dates (between January 2004 and October 2005) at Owerri, Imo State and other places in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court are members of unlawful society called MASSOB and you hereby committed a felony contrary to and punishable under Section 64 of the Criminal Code Act Chapter 77 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990

COUNT 4: That you Ralph Uwazuruike ‘m’ 45 years old, Chibuike Nwosu ‘m’ 23 years old, Benedict Alakwen ‘m’ 45 years old, Chimankpa Okorocha ‘m’ 19 years old, Kelechi Ubabuike ‘m’ 27 years old, Ambrose Anyaso ‘m’ 46 years old and Augustine Ihuoma ‘m all of MASSOB Headquarters, Okwe, Onu-Imo State Local Government Area diverse dates (between January 2004 and October 2005) at Owerri, Imo State and other places in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court formed, managed and assisted in the management of an unlawful society of more than 10 persons known and called “MASSOB MEMBERS” with the objective of:

(a) Subverting or promoting the sub version of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and it’s officials; (b) Committing, inciting acts of violence and intimidation; (c) Interfering with, resisting; encouraging interference with or resistance to the administration of law: and (d) Disturbing and encouraging the disturbance of peace and order in the entire country- Nigeria contrary to Section 62(2)(1) and punishable under Section 63 of the Criminal Code Act Chapter 77 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 Attached to the charges were amplifications of the offences allegedly committed by them which the Federal Government described as “over acts of the offences.”

The accused persons took turn to enter a plea of not guilty to each of the charges. Immediately the pleas were taken, Azike who was representing all of them moved an oral application for their bail but the presiding judge, Justice Murtala Nyarko, declined, saying she would prefer the application to be by way of motion. Azike consequently dropped the idea and promised to file the motion before the next adjourned date. But before the matter was adjourned, there was a controversy over where the suspects should be kept. While the Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN) insisted that the accused persons be taken back to the custody of the State Security Services (SSS) where they were kept since arrest, the suspects said they preferred to be taken to prison. Uwazuruike spoke with Azike on their experience in the hands of the men of the SSS. Based on what Uwazuruike told him, Azike told the court that his clients would prefer prison custody to the SSS custody

Uwazuruike had told Azike that they were detained under deplorable conditions by the SSS, adding that they were chained and kept in an underground cell. Azike did not keep the information to himself but communicated same to the court. The Attorney-General told the court that they had the right to say whatever they liked but that he could not guarantee their safety in prison. The presiding judge consequently ordered that the suspects be taken back to the SSS custody even as he directed that they be allowed access to their lawyers and medical doctors on a daily basis. Hearing in the matter was adjourned till December 6, this year.

Normalcy returns to Onitsha

Meanwhile, normalcy returned to Onitsha yesterday after Monday’s clash between the police and members of MASSOB that left some houses in the compound of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe razed. Business activities also resumed in the city with the re-opening of the Niger Bridge to traffic. The bridge was blocked on Monday by protesters.

Scores of sympathisers thronged the Inosi Onira home of the late Azikiwe to see for themselves the havoc done there. Governor Chris Ngige also visited at about 3.00p.m to sympathise with Zik’s first son, Chief Chukwuma Azikiwe. Ngige condemned the act, saying it was a callous act. He accused NARTO members of capitalising on the MASSOB protest to set the compound on fire. He promised to contact other South-East governments to consider rebuilding the compound. Chukwuma Azikiwe had on the same dress he wore on Monday. The Zik compound was still in shambles with debris littering the compound. The smashed windows of the palatial house built by the Federal Government before Zik was buried in 1996 were still there. Fire fighting vehicles were still stationed inside the premises.

The only structure untouched by the fire or the rioters was the abandoned mausoleum, Zik’s final resting place. Perhaps it was spared out because there was nothing to destroy there. It is only the bricks and rods that have been erected. Anti-riot mobile policemen and regular police are still guarding the place. It could not be ascertained at press time whether the police had made more arrests as phone calls to the Police Commissioner, Mr. Felix Ogbaudu, were not going through.    Click for Vanguard publication of above article 

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