Jonathan orders release of Uwazuruike, MASSOB members from detention
Following President Goodluck Jonathan’s order that all members of the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) held across the country, particularly in the various prisons and police stations in the South-east be released, those held in Anambra State have regained their freedom.
Over 1,000 MASSOB members were previously held in detention across the country, a number that increased last Wednesday when over 600 of them were arrested as they made their way to the Presidential Hotel, Enugu venue where Igbo youths had gathered to honour Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu; MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and other Igbo leaders.
Daily Sun gathered that with the presidential directive taking effect, the MASSOB leader, Chief Uwazuruike and the other 280 members arrested in Enugu last Wednesday would leave the Enugu Prisons where they were detained on Thursday. Sources at the Enugu Prison told Daily Sun that the directives to release Uwazuruike and his members without further delay had been received but they had to wait till Thursday because of the public holidays tomorrow and Wednesday.
The presidential order came on the heels of condemnations across Igboland over the incarceration of Uwazuruike and other MASSOB members who had a peaceful gathering to honour their leaders. Fielding questions from newsmen in Enugu yesterday over the development, former
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