Leadership (Abuja)

5 November 2012

Nigeria: Over 500 Arrested for Re-Declaring Biafra Republic in Enugu

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Nigerian security forces on patrol (file photo).

Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have arrested over 500 members of the Biafran Zionist Movement (BZM) for allegedly re-declaring the Republic of Biafra.

The arrested BZM Members, who wore vests bearing Biafra inscription and carried different flags including those of the defunct Biafra Republic, United States and Israel, were arrested around Akwata Axis of Agbani Road at about 6.45am as they were singing pro-Biafra songs.

They had after the declaration ceremony that lasted for about an hour, embarked on a peaceful procession from Mbanugo heading towards Ogbete Main Market area acknowledging cheers from residents and motorists along the road.

Leader of BZM, Barrister Benjamin Onwuka, after his declaration speech, stated that he was now the President of Biafran Republic, saying that the Ministers that would pilot the affairs of his government would be announced in due course.

He averred that the life and property of the Biafran people were no longer safe and guaranteed in the entity called Nigeria, hence their resolve to re-declare their independence with effect from November 5, 2012.

"Today November 5th 2012, the re-birth of the Rep of Biafra is finally actualized at the long last. I thank all Biafrans for the sacrifices that they have made since this struggle began in 1967," Onwuka said.

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