MASSOB sacks Uwazuruike
The crisis rocking the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereignty State of Biafra (MASSOB) has taken a new turn as its leader Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has been expelled, by a faction of the secessionist movement.
Uwazuruike was sacked over alleged corruption and deceit and the decision is also coming as members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has warned traders across markets in Aba, Abia State not to open for business today (Tuesday) as they continue their protest calling for the release of the detained leader of the IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Announcing Uwazuruike’s expulsion, MASSOB alleged that since 1999 to 2014, members of the separatist group had contributed over N300 million cash to his account and N200 million also allegedly paid into Zenith Bank accounts of Confidence Uwazuruike.
According to them, the MASSOB leader bought houses in various locations in Owerri, the Imo State capital, as well as 28 plots of land from part of money contributed by MASSOB members. The group also further alleged that MASSOB members had contributed over N4 billion since its inception 16 years ago which the group alleged that Uwazuruike has converted into personal use.
The MASSOB faction has subsequently announced the installation of Uchenna Madu as the new national leader of MASSOB, and Ugwuoke Ibem Ugwuoke, emerged the National Secretary.
In a communiqué read by newly elected National Secretary, Mr. Ugwuoke Ibem Ugwoke, at Okigwe, the MASSOB headquarters, the group said the vote of no confidence and total rejection has been passed on Uwazuruike and his leadership of MASSOB.
“The introduction of Biafra International passport was a gross and dubious means he generated about N100 million to himself. The existence of the passport without Biafra sovereignty is illegal, as many who attempted using them were landed into trouble. Today, this passport is useless to thousands of holders, even Uwazuruike does not see it”. He said.
The National Secretary also noted that Uwazuruike had continued to romance with some enemies of Ndigbo which posed serious danger to the actualization of Biafra.
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