About 88 members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) who were arrested by the Ebonyi state police while they celebrated the Biafra day on Monday have been arraigned.
SOme MASSOB supporters during a protest
They were arraigned at a magistrate court in Ebonyi state, according to Leadership which also reported that they were granted bail.
The police had arrested 92 members of the group at Nkaliki Primary School, Abakaliki local government area of Ebonyi state while they held a prayer session to commemorate the 2016 Biafra day.
They were arrested after a clash allegedly between the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the security operatives which left 53 people killed and over 200 people injured.
The British Broadcasting Service (BBC) had also reported that about 15 northern Nigerian businessmen lost their lives in the Biafra bloodbath
Arraigned before an Abakaliki magistrate court on a four-count charge of conspiracy, belonging to unlawful society, membership of unlawful group and possession of items calling for the declaration of Biafra, they all pleaded not guilty.
Their lead counsel, Jerry Ezenyi, applied for their bail saying that their alleged offence was bailable.
Trial magistrate, Stella Ogoke, granted the approved the bail application with N500,000 and seven sureties who must be within the magisterial jurisdiction, must be civil servants or businessmen.
She adjourned the matter to July 18, 2016 for definite hearing.
Also in Enugu, another 13 alleged agitators from MASSOB and the Biafran Independence Movement (BIM) were arraigned at court 6 presided over by E.N Alukwu in Enugu.