Police arrest 500 BZM members after they declared Biafra republic

The Biafran flag was displayed earlier this year at Chukwuemeka Ojukwu's funeral

The Biafran flag was displayed earlier this year at Chukwuemeka Ojukwu’s funeral

UPDATE: Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrests.

He said, “No fewer than 500 persons believed to be members of BZM, which is also believed to be a faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, have been arrested by the police.

“The group was led by one Ben Onwuka and the members were arrested at Akwata, off Agbani Road, Enugu. They were arrested with 61 Biafran flags, 13 berets, three bands and eight BZM forms.”

While addressing the crowd, Onwuka said, “It is clear that the security of lives and property of Biafran people is no longer guaranteed in the entity called Nigeria.

“Therefore, we have resolved to re-declare our independence today 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 people’s right to worship, according to our Christian faith, is no longer guaranteed. Therefore, we Biafra people have resolved to opt out of Nigeria.

“Today, the re-birth of the Republic of Biafra is finally actualised.

“On the international arena, the Republic of Biafra would establish and maintain a very pro-Israel international relations. Biafra would consider an attack on Israel and the Jewish people as an attack on Biafra.”

Earlier report…

At least 100 members of the Biafra Zionist Movement were arrested in Enugu on Monday (today) after they declared independence and raised a Biafran flag during a march in the state.

The last time a Biafran flag was raised (1967), there was war in Nigeria. The men arrested today, young men and veterans of the war, have been charged with treason. They were all remanded in custody.

The Biafran Zionist Movement members first gathered on Sunday to celebrate Ojukwu’s birthday, then marched through the streets again today supporting independence for Biafra.

The Biafran war has been put back in the spotlight by Chinua Achebe’s war memoir.

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