Police reportedly arrest 57 Biafra Zionists members in Enugu
No less than 57 members of the Biafra Zionists Federation, BZF, have been arrested in Enugu State.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that they were picked up on Sunday morning shortly before the commencement of their Biafra Day parade.
Leader of the group, Barr. Benjamin Onwuka claimed that policemen from Ogui Division stormed their meeting venue and whisked his members away.
In a message he sent out on Sunday, the self-acclaimed BZF leader said “they arrested 57 of our members this morning. We were preparing to go for our Biafra parade.
“We are non-violent people, we are peaceful agitators. They should be released immediately, unconditionally, without charge, they committed no crime.
“We have informed the United States of this development,” he claimed.
Onwuka had a few days ago announced that they would storm the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, today, for a Biafra parade.
When contacted, the PPRO of the Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, said about 54 members of the group were picked because of the way they had gathered.
He, however, said they were taken to the Command headquarters, addressed on the need to maintain peace and left to go immediately.
“They were not held at all,” he stressed.