Court frees 88 arrested MASSOB members in Ebonyi

Eighty eight members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) arrested by the Ebonyi State Police Command, Abakaliki during this year’s Biafra day celebration were Tuesday granted bail by the state Magistrate court.

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Nine of the Biafra agitators arraigned are juvenile and are between the ages of 12 and 16 while four are pastors hired by the agitators for the prayer session which they were holding when they were arrested.

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The police command had at Nkaliki Primary School, Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state arrested about 92 members of MASSOB at prayer session to commemorate the 2016 Bifra day.

Tuesday, 88 of them were arraigned before an Abakaliki Magistrate court on a four-count charge of conspiracy, belonging to unlawful society, membership of unlawful group and possession of items calling for the declaration of Biafra.

After the charges were read before them, all the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Their lead counsel, Jerry Ezenyi made application for their bail saying that their offence was bailable.

But in his own argument, the prosecution counsel Adeola Elumaru opposed the bail application and said that the accused persons had been arrested in the past for same offence.

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