By AGBO SUNDAY, Abakaliki
Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB-
Biafra Independent Movement(BIM), yesterday urged Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to order Ebonyi state police command to pay the movement the sum of N7 million naira damages awarded to it by the state high court and court of Appeal for alleged harassment, intimidation and confiscation of its property in Abakaliki.
Briefing reporters in Abakaliki, MASSOB-BIM leader, Ebonyi state John Nwifuru expressed dismay that since the two courts gave order that the amount be given to the Movement for alleged intimidation and harassment, the state police command has failed to comply to the order
“The case ended three years ago at High Court II, Abakaliki. The judge gave the judgment in our favor.
“She told the commissioner of police that he should pay us two million naira and return all our belongings.
“The judge also said the commissioner of police should publish in five different national newspapers and publish apology to us.
“But, I am surprise that until now, nothing has been done. Two years later they took me to Appeal Court and ruling was given last year in my favor.
“The three judges told them to go and pay me and that they should pay me five million naira. Up till now, nothing has been done.
“If Nigeria constitution is not working again and the judiciary does
not have power, I want the world to hear it.
“Let them bring back my property because if they had won me, I would have been in jail. So, I do not know what is wrong.
“I want the Inspector General of Police to order his men to return
our property and bring our money back and let him warn his boys to
stop intimidating us because we are non-violent and we are not ready to cause any problem”, he said.
He listed the properties of the movement allegedly confisticated by
the police during its meeting in Nkaliki Hatchery road office when
the police raided the office to include, over two thousand five hundred copies of MASSOB identity cards at N1000 each, six pairs of security booths, six pairs of uniform, 48 plastic chairs and thick tables, N250, 000, among others .
“They came through the windows because our office was locked. They shot around our office before stealing the materials.
I have been in court for years. I did not commit any offence; let them bring back my property.
“The incident occurred in 2013. Since then, the police is still
harassing and intimidating us.
“They were in our anniversary last year May at Nkaliki Primary School where we were celebrating our
“They came there and dispersed everybody. They arrested under aged and packed our belongings.
“They took us to court and we were released two months ago. Even if they are killing us, we cannot go back.
“We are freedom fighters; we are not afraid of anybody because we are harmless’’, he said.