The Cross River State Chapter of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB has warned security agencies against unnecessary use of force in arresting or killing of its members during the 2017 Biafra Independence Day scheduled for May 30.
Leader of the pro-Biafra group in the state, Samuel Okah, who issued the warning while addressing members in Ikom when the organization commenced activities for the annual celebration, said MASSOB will engage in peaceful rally across streets in the state.
Okah noted that the celebration would not require non-members to panic, stay away from work or close their businesses, except those who want to join in the marches around the state.
According to Okah, “We call on security agencies not to engage in any show of force by killing members of MASSOB who are celebrating Biafra Day because it is a peaceful event to honour Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu who on May 30, 1967 declared Biafra Independence to free his people from the yoke of bondage which they were subjected to.
“Since then members of MASSOB have been engaging in peaceful struggle for the actualisation of Biafra independence and so it is instructive that we be allowed to do our thing without any form of violence from the police or any other security outfit.
“We will be carrying our flags and marching in some areas like we are doing now, which does not disturb office work or closure of businesses except those who want to join us and as such anybody is free to join us.”