IPOB, MASSOB Distance Self From Kanu Threats

By KayCee February 3, 2016 20:30

The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) has distanced self from threat to blow up a merchant ship carrying foreigners following the prolonged detention of Nnamdi Kanu.

These allegations were denied by both pro-Igbo groups which explained that they were not involved in the recent turn of events, as IPOB specifically stated that it remains a violence-free organisation.

Obindigbo.com.ng had earlier reported that some pro-Biafra militants were alleged to have hijacked a merchant ship on Friday, January 29, with a foreign crew and threatened to blow it up if the Nigerian government does not release its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu in 31 days.

However a statement from IPOB reads: “Many groups are also rising up to speak against the treatment meted to the IPOB leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu who at present is being incarcerated in Kuje prison, and they can use any style to make their demand felt by the Federal Government but no IPOB member has a hand in it.”

The MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, who also denied his group’s involvement in the alleged hijacking said that they are non violent and have no weapon to hold any ship hostage, let alone seizing and threatening to blow it with its passengers.


According to him: “I am aware that a militant group sometime gave the Federal Government twenty one-day ultimatum to release Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, failing which they threatened that they will do what will surprise the Nigerian government. May be it is the group, I do not even remember their name but I heard or read about that threat.

“You know that a lot of groups are springing up from the old Eastern Region to agitate for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra and as far as they are fighting for Biafra, we cannot disown them, but they have their own style which I think the Federal Government of Nigeria understands easily. If you are not violent, they will not understand and they will ignore you. So, we support the group if that is what they have actually done.

“We in MASSOB are not involved in violence, that is why they do not take us serious. They believe we are illiterate job seekers that are frustrated in life and decided to demand for Biafra. They think that our own is to demonstrate peacefully and they will shoot and kill us and go into jubilation that they have dealt with us, but now, they have seen their match. We support the people if they have actually done that.”

Madu added however, that, “any method applied by any Biafra agitating group to ensure that the Federal Government of Nigeria respects its law and court orders is approved by MASSOB, but we in MASSOB have chosen the path of non-violence and we will maintain it until Biafra is achieved.”



By KayCee February 3, 2016 20:30