Biafra: MASSOB backs IPOB, blasts police over arrest of Jewish protesters

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has condemned the arrest of 51 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who held procession in Jewish regalia on some streets of Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

The suspects were 10 females and 41 males, who police said disguised as Jewish worshippers to confuse the people of the state.

The Abia State police command had claimed they were out to cause disorder and breach the peace in the state.

But in a swift reaction, the suspects maintained that they were Jewish adherents performing one of their religious obligations of end of year procession and was not out to cause any trouble.

A terse statement yesterday by the leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu, described what the people did as being in conformity with the Jewish religion and deserved the support of his group.

He said: “They are Jewish faithful in solidarity with the Biafran cause. What they did was right. We support them.

“Even the other religious bodies such as Catholic and Anglican have their own periods when they hold their own procession ceremonies. They performed their religious obligation and they have sympathy for Biafra.

“We were not involved but we support what they did.”

Earlier, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned what they called “the arrest and continued clampdown on Jewish worshipers who were doing peaceful rally and sensitisation for Biafra referendum.”

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