The leadership of Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra has accused the police of indiscriminate arrests and extortion of its members across the South-East.
This was just as a team of lawyers for the pro-Biafran group led by Dr Destiny Nnagbo faulted the recent police arrest of a cleric, and seven others in Ifitedunu area of Anambra State.
A release issued on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity of the group, Mazi Chris Mocha, alleged that the Police Tiger Base was responsible for the indiscriminate arrests and extortions of its members in the South-East.
Mocha added that Tiger Base had become another “money making machine” for the Police Force after the scrapping of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad, adding that innocent civilians were being arrested without charging them to court.
He said, “Chief Chukwueke Amadi was arrested alongside his son, Uchechukwu on April 2023, at his Ngor-Okpuala family house for an alleged membership of Indigenous people of Biafra, the allegation which both of them had denied.
“Amadi and his son, Uchechukwu were detained for about two weeks. They were released after the men at the Tiger Base Shell Camp, Owerri, the Imo State capital collected N300,000.
Also, Jude Egwuchukwu was arrested at Orlu near the local government secretariat, Orlu, for allegedly belonging to IPOB, the charge which he also denied in a useful statement to the IPO.
Egwuchukwu was transferred from Orlu Area Command’s cell to Tiger Base, Shell Camp, Owerri. He was also freed on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 after MASSOB had coughed out N150,000.
“In all of these detentions without trial, the investigating police officer would always confide in us that their office was not ready or willing to release our member or charge them to court.
“In Enugu, Paul Asadunwagu was arrested at Nsukka by soldiers. Nwagu was later moved to the State Criminal Investigation Department, State CID, Enugu, and the IPO, a police woman, Elizabeth Maduekwe demanded the sum of N150, 000 as the only condition to effect his release or risk prolong detention.”
However, when contacted on the telephone for reaction to the development, the Anambra State Police spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, denied the allegations.
“There is no such report before me and no formation known as Police Tiger Base at Akwuzu in Anambra State Police Command, please,” Ikenga added.