The Cross River Police Command had on Thursday last week arrested 23 persons suspected to be members of MASSOB.
The arrest took place in Ikom Local Government Area of the State when the Police swooped on some of them at a watch repairer’s workshop, while others were picked from their homes located within and around the town.
Wives of six of the arrested persons said that they have not been allowed access to their husbands since Thursday last week when the arrest took place.
Mrs Beatrice Ikechukwu Ani, the wife of Ikechukwu Ani who led five other women, told our Correspondent that their husbands have been without food since their arrest.
“Here with me are the wives of Nnamdi Okafor, John Ibe, Ebere Chukwu, Celestine Ndibe, Emmanuel Nachi and we call on the Police to release our husbands immediately.”
She said that their husbands were at a watch repairing workshop when the police came and took them to the Ikom Police station and from there to Calabar.
“When they were at Ikom they did not allow us to see or take food to them and from there they brought them to an anti-cultism unit, not even State CID for detention.”
Mrs Ani said that their husbands are not cultists or criminals, adding that detaining them among cultists and criminals without food was unjust.
According to her, the police took them to their houses to search and did not find anything incriminating but insisted on detaining them.
The police when contacted, DSP Irene Ugbo, the Cross River Police Command spokesman said that she was not aware of the arrests, but a source at the Anti-Cultism Unit says the AIG Zone Six and the State Police Commissioner have a function at the unit so nobody would be allowed access to the suspects.