Land dispute: MASSOB-BIM berates security agents over killing of 4 members, others in Ebonyi

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By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI – THE Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, Thursday accused security agents posted to the location of the land dispute between Izzi and Ikwo local government area of the State of being bias, corrupt and insensitive to the security of lives and property of those affected in the areas.

Addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, the leader of MASSOB-BIM in Ebonyi State, Mr. Nwifuru John who expressed shock and dismay over the way and manner the crisis was being handled in the state alleged that four members of his group have been killed as a result of the incident bordering on land dispute.

He called on both State and Federal government not to fold its arms and allow the incident degenerate into a full scale war that will not benefit the state and the entire Ebonyi people.

He threatened that if nothing was done to urgently salvage the ugly episode existing between Izzi and Ikwo LGA, MASSOB-BIM might be tempted to drop its non-violent disposition to ensure that peace returns to the affected communities in the State

MASSOB-BIM members on parade

According to him, it was sad to see brothers’ fight against themselves over land which is less important compared to the sanctity of human lives

“We, Massobians are angry with what we are seeing; the government should not watch two brothers to kill themselves. We saw the pictures of children and pregnant women killed as a result of the crisis. We are not happy; the cause is as a result of land tussle. We have been little children and pregnant woman is killed. It is unfair.

“We are pleading with the federal government and state government to look into the crisis; the security agents are not doing their job in the area. They are not concerned about the citizens but their own selfish interest. 4 Massobians had been killed as a result of the crisis by Ikwo people; they were sent there and they did not come back”.

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