MASSOB leader, Ralph Uwazuruike

By Oladapo Okeowo

Pro-secessionist group, Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has declared August 2017 as the deadline for the repatriation of Igbo indigenes residing in the north of the country.

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This was disclosed by the group’s director of information, Comrade Samuel Edesonu, in a statement, the Daily Post reports.

According to the group, the decision to repatriate their tribesmen is to forestall any violence that might be meted out to them on the expiration of the three-month notice handed them by a coalition of northern youths.

Edesonu said another reason for choosing August is because it is also marked by heightened preparations for the new yam festivals and the women’s August meeting. Therefore, Ndigbo living in the north can take advantage of the activities to relocate their families back home.

The statement read: “In continuation of our earlier stand and position on the quit notice to the people of Biafra by Arewa people which will elapse on Oct 1st, MASSOB insists and beckon on Biafrans living in Arewa land to intensify all their efforts in relocating their families back home.

“MASSOB also mandates all married Igbo women living in Northern Nigeria to start speaking to their husbands on the dangers of staying in Arewa land which no longer guaranteed their safety. They should also intensify their pressures on their husbands concerning the Mass return in August.”

MASSOB said an immediate compilation of biodata of Ndigbo resident in the north and members of its secret police, the Biafra Intelligence Agency(BIA), have been posted to the north to oversee the exercise.