This Day (Lagos)

6 November 2012

Nigeria: Police Arrest 500 Pro-Biafra Activists in Enugu

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Nigerian security forces on patrol (file photo).

A group of young men from the five states of the South-east zone under the aegis of the Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), Monday in Enugu, kept to their vow by re-declaring a new Independent Biafra Republic in Enugu from the present day Nigeria.

However, the re-declaration did not go on smoothly as the Police swooped on them and arrested about 500 members of the BZM shortly after the re-declaration at coal camp area of Enugu.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amarizu, confirmed the arrest but put the figure of the arrested BZM members at about100 persons.

Amaraiizu said those arrested were suspected members of BZM led by one Mr. Ben Onwuka, adding that they were arrested at about 6.45 a.m. Monday carrying 61 Biafra flags, 13 berets, three bands and eight BZM forms.

The arrested members immediately arraigned before an Enugu magistrate court and subsequently remanded in prison custody.

Making the re-declaration, Onwuka said it had become clear that the security of life and property of the Biafra people were no longer safe and guaranteed in the entity called Nigeria.

"Therefore we the Biafra people have resolved to re-declare our independence today November 5th 2012 based on the mandate given to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on May 30th 1967 in order that we the Biafra people can provide our people with security according to international law," he added.

The group's President also said that it is also clear that the Biafra peoples right to freely worship according to their Christian faith is no longer safe and guaranteed "therefore we the Biafra people have resolved to opt out of Nigeria to freely worship their God without being bombed or killed according to the United Nations Convention on the freedom of association.

Onwuka claimed that God had given them right to re-claim the lost sovereignty stolen from them n 1914, adding that h Biafrans were determined to build a country that would be democratic and transparent.

Onwuka said: "We shall be united to build a country that would be based on sound economic platform that would uplift Biafra citizens from economic poverty and set us up at equal par with world economic powers in Europe, Asia and America.

"Biafra would be minded to defend our citizens both at home and abroad. The Biafra state would not hesitate to use every available military means at her disposal to defend and protect our citizens anywhere in the world that our citizens lives and are threatened."

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