From EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha
The Anambra State Police Command yesterday dismissed as flawed allegations by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) that nine of its members were among the 30 corpses found at the Ezu River in the state.
Addressing journalists yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Balla Nasarawa described the allegation that his command arrested nine members of MASSOB and secretly executed them as false and unfortunate.
He further said that MASSOB members arrested by the police were charged to court and were currently being remanded in various prisons across the state.
“To put records straight, all suspected criminals arrested under the guise of MASSOB were duly charged to courts for prosecution. As at now, many have been remanded in prison custody facing trials. But at no time did my command arrest persons bearing names mentioned in the publication.”
Nasarawa further stated that MASSOB had been proscribed in the state, adding, “therefore, any person that hides under the canopy or pretex of MASSOB or any illegal organisation for that matter, and commits criminal act, will be arrested and prosecuted.” He said the result of the autopsy carried out on the corpses would soon be made public while calling on the members of the public to help security agencies with information that could help unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.