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By NBF News

Members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), yesterday, staged a peaceful protest along major streets in Onitsha and environs to demand the release of their leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, by the Federal Government.

The group, which drove along major roads of Onitsha in a Toyota Hiace bus, chanted solidarity songs and hoisted their flags while calling on the government to release Uwazuruike without further delay.

One of the leaders of the group simply identified as Don, who spoke to Sunday Sun, said that their agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra can not be dampened by what he called federal government intimidation, adding that they were determined to liberate the people of the south east.

According to Don, 'they are just wasting their time, by the time we are through with our plans, they will know that they have been playing with fire. The arrest of our boss (Uwazurike) will not discourage us, but we have been keeping quite because our leaders have told us that they don't want violence'

While addressing commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada along new market road, opposite The Sun Newspaper's office, the MASSOB leader said 'we want to tell the Federal Government that whether they like it or not, they must release Uwazurike because he is a citizen of this country and deserve his freedom'

'This independence they just celebrated yesterday (Friday) you heard what happened.

They are jittery because of the attack by MEND, our own is that we are genuine people who believe in dialogue, they should not under-estimate our power just as we are asking them to unconditionally release Uwazurike for God's sake' he said.

The group distributed to the okada operators tags with inscription and logo of MASSOB boldly written on them while they told them to join the agitation 'for the freedom and sovereignty of the state of Biafra'.