The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) says President Muhammadu Buhari is behind the plan by the Norwegian government to illegally deport detained Biafra agitators in the country.
According to the group, the government of Norway is set to repatriate the detained leader of pro Biafra agitators in Norway, Lotachukwu Okolie, and his counterpart Onyedikachi Ani, also detained and said to be married to a Norwegian and has a child with her.
In a statement by Mr. Uchenna Madu, MASSOB leader, he said “the government of Norway is supposed to exhibit diplomatic and International maturity in protecting the persecuted Biafrans or allow them seek asylum in other countries instead of wickedly aligning with Nigeria to eliminate innocent Biafrans.”
“Norway and Nigeria have already perfected plans of deporting them through chartered cargo airplane from Belgium, to transport them to Lagos on March 9, 2016. The information we have is that the Norwegian Government have struck a deal with Nigerian Immigrations Service, in Lagos to accept all the deportees by bypassing the embassy which knows about their pro Biafra activities that are not illegal, but cooked up lies against them and consider them threat to Nigeria security, which means they will be eliminated on arrival.
“They want to deport them by force irrespective of their correct papers, against danger warnings, even without papers from the embassy, and dump them as they have been doing at the Cargo section of Murtala Muhammed international Airport, where no eyes will see them.
“We continue to insist that Biafrans are not Nigerians, so under international law, they should not be sent by force back to Nigeria to be tortured and killed like many other Biafra agitators in Nigeria and those they deported from outside Nigeria,” he said.
MASSOB however called on the United Nations, Amnesty International, European Union and other human rights organizations to prevail on the government of Norway not to deport Biafrans residing in that country to Nigeria.