Anambra Catholic Priest, 7 Others Regain Freedom After Days In Police Detention


A Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Samuel Aniebonem, of St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Awka, Anambra, allegedly detained by the police, have regained his freedom. Aniebonem was detained by the police, alongside other persons over claims of being members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on September 27.

Mazi Chris Mocha, MASSOB Director of Information, disclosed their release in a press statement made available to journalists in Awka on Monday

The release stated that seven other persons, allegedly detained by the police alongside Aniebonem, have also regained their freedom.

Mocha stated that those freed alongside the cleric included an octogenarian, Chief Sylvester Dinyelu, Chief Peter Udemefuna, Mr Udebunu Anachuna, driver to the cleric, and Christian Ifeji, among others.

The leader of MASSOB in Anambra Central, Chief James Ezeani, through the MASSOB Director of Information, confirmed the release of the detained persons.

Mocha, also a Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the MASSOB leader, commended the police for their quick investigation that led to the released of the persons.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Catholic priest was detained when he stormed the Anti-kidnapping squad office at Awkuzu, to inquire on why his in-law Dinyelu was arrested.

Instead of getting an answer, the police detained him alongside his driver and others.

Dinyelu was said to have been arrested with two others at MASSOB office located within Oyeagu/Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra, when the Anti kidnapping squad stormed the office on September 25.


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