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Police shut MASSOB headquarters

Police shut MASSOB headquarters

The police in Imo State took over yesterday Okwe community, the country home of the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and sealed off the administrative headquarters of the group.

They also destroyed Biafran flags and dismantled the road blocks mounted by MASSOB commanders.

Police spokesman Andrew Enwerem said the measure was taken to restore peace and prevent killings.

He said: “The police are not inviting Uwazuruike as a suspect, but he is being invited to explain how people were killed in his home. His refusal to appear can mean

he has complicity in the incident.”

Enwerem said he was not above the law. He wondered why the MOSSOB leader would run to the court when the matter involved murder.

Said he: “What we are talking about is murder. He must explain what happened in his home, which led to the death of four people. We are not saying he is behind the killing, but he must tell the police what happened. Uwazuruike is not above the law. The court cannot stop him from being interrogated.

“The police will arrest him. He can run but he cannot hide.”

Despite a court order restraining it from arresting Uwazuruike, the police command vowed to bring him to book over the death of MASSOB members, who were killed last week in a bloody clash at the headquarters of the group at Okwe in Onuimo Local Government.

The police last Wednesday invited the MOSSOB leader to explain his involvement in the fracas.

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