…As group re-declares Biafra in Enugu
From PETRUS OBI, Enugu
Leader of the Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), the group that has assumed leadership of the struggle for the Independence of Biafra, Mr. Ben Onwuka, was arrested yesterday in Enugu alongside about 400 BZM members as they were marching round the Enugu metropolis re-declaring Biafra as a sovereign state. The leader of the group was addressing a large crowd of Biafra faithful at the open field in the Coal Camp area of the town when he was arrested.
The group, which displayed flags of Biafra, United States, Israel and other world powers were intercepted by the police led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Enugu Central Police Station, Mr. Ike Mba at Akwatta. Over 50 police trucks soon arrived the scene to whisk away the BZM members, who were excited with the declaration and who continued to chant Biafra songs even as they were being taken away by the police. They were later charged to court and remanded in prison custody.
Addressing the crowd earlier, Mr. Onwuka said it was 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 5, 2012 based on the mandate given to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on May 30, 1967 to provide our people security according to International Law. “It is clear that our peoples right to worship according to our christian faith is no longer safe, therefore, we the Biafra people have resolved to opt out of Nigeria.
“Today, the re-birth of the Republic of Biafra is finally actualized; I thank all Biafrans for the sacrifices they have made since this struggle began in 1967. He expressed the resolve of Biafrans to build a united country that would be based on a sound economic platform that would uplift the people from economic poverty. “On the international arena, the Republic of Biafra would establish and maintain a pro-Israel International Relations. Biafra would consider an attack on Israel and the Jewish people as an attack on Biafra.
“My fellow Biafrans, as we embark on this journey of self determination at last, I call on all Biafrans to be united and help to build our country for the benefit of all. Ministers shall be announced in due course after all our borders are secured.” Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the arrest disclosed that those held were being detained at the state police headquarters.