Enugu State Police Command has said that the last Saturday on the Government House in Enugu was carried out by members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign state of Biafra MASSOB.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed, who spoke to journalists in Enugu on Monday, said the arrested suspects have made some useful statements to the police, adding that further investigation was on to arrest their sponsors.
According to Mohammed, who gave names of the arrested suspects as: Ifeanyi Chukwuma, Francis Nwokeocha, Sunday Okafor and Shedrack Onwukaobi, all from Anambra state, said the men were on a mission to host the Biafran flags on the government house that early Saturday morning.
“I want to confirm to you that all of the arrested suspects are now helping us in our further investigation” the CP stated.
He said, “They have confessed that they were given the assignment of hoisting the Biafran flag in Enugu government House by some people,” whom the police have lunched manhunt on.
Contrary to earlier report that one person was shot dead during the invasion, police said there was no incident of death, stating that Chukwuma who sustained injury was receiving treatment.
Some of the inscriptions in the giant Biafran banner recovered from the suspects by the police read: “The Republic of Biafra, (AKA), the tribe of Gad; Amalgamation dissolved, Biafra an ally and supporter of Isreal” among others.
Mohammed said the police also recovered a bag containing charms, scores of Biafran flags banners and cutlasses.
Meanwhile, leader of MASSOB, chief Ralph Uwazurike, has dismissed the police claim, saying the arrested persons are not his members.
Uwazurike, who reacted shortly after the police briefing via phone, advised the security operatives to charge the arrested persons to court, “because it is only the court that could really ascertain their true identity.