Metro Police repel Biafra group - The Nation


A #Biafra separatist group yesterday failed in its bid to overrun the #Enugu State Government and seize a radio station.

The police stopped the Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM) from achieving its aim and arrested its leader, Ben Onwuka and 12 others.

A police sergeant and a member of the group died during a gun battle at the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS).

#Onwuka, a United Kingdom-based lawyer, armed with a CD Rom for a broadcast to declare a “Republic of Biafra”, led members to the station. The defunct Eastern region attempted secession as Biafra Republic which led to a 30-month Civil War between 1967 and January 1970.

In the early hours of March 7, the group attacked the Enugu Government House to hoist the flag of the still-born Republic of Biafra. They insisted that Enugu was still the capital of Biafra.

Onwuka and over 500 of his members were on November 5, 2012 arrested by the police and detained at the Enugu prisons, after the group re-declared the Republic of Biafra.

The police in March declared Onwuka wanted after the attempted invasion of the Government House.

Yesterday, the BZM members, numbering about 20, as early as 4.30 am sneaked into the premises of the radio station where Onwuka intended to broadcast the rebirth of the Republic of Biafra.

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Source: #TheNation Newspaper