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Soldiers beat up MASSOB leader on sick bed

THE Onitsha Region 4 adminstrator of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Arinze Igbani and 18 other members of the group were, yesterday, arrested by soldiers from the 302 Artillary Regiment, Onitsha over yet to be disclosed offences.

Igbani was arrested in a native orthopaedic centre where he was receiving treatment following injuries he sustained from a motorcycle accident in June this year along with five MASSOB members who had allegedly gone to visit him.

After the accident, Igbani was admitted to a private orthorpaedic hospital in the commercial town, but had to be moved to the native orthopaedic healing centre as a result of uncontrolled number of people that have been visiting him which does not allow him to have enough rest.

It was not clear at press time what led to yesterday’s arrests, but MASSOB’s Director of Information, Mr. Uchenna Madu, said that 13 other members of the group were arrested in different locations at the slum settlement of Okpoko in the outskirts of Onitsha which is very close to where Igbani and the six other members of the group were staying at the time.

Madu, who addressed reporters in Onitsha over the incident, claimed that electronic gadgets which Igbani was using in the hospital, as well as five motorcycles belonging to the five people that visited him and six handsets, were seized from them.

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