500 arrested in Enugu as Biafra Zionist Movement declares ‘Biafra Republic’

by Rachel Ogbu

For many that thought the death of Chukwuemeka Ojukwu will mean the end of the Biafran dream might be in for a little shock after policemen in Enugu on Monday arrested over 500 people for allegedly being part of the re-declaration of Biafra as a sovereign state.

Called the Biafra Zionist Movement, the group had converged on an open field in Coal Camp area of Enugu on Monday where the leader, Ben Onwuka, gave a speech.

They had gathered the previous day to celebrate Ojukwu’s birthday, the leader of the Biafran secessioin effort, who died in March.

They continued independence protests on Monday in Enugu, the main town in the southeast region they wanted to form into a breakaway state more than four decades ago.

However, after Onwuka’s address, policemen led by the Enugu Central Police Station Divisional Police Officer, Ike Mba, arrested him and other members of the group, who displayed Biafran, American and Israeli flags.

The suspects were arraigned before a court and remanded in police custody afterwards.

According to Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State,  Ebere Amaraizu, about 500 people 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 were arrested.

“The group 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.”


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Comments (13)

  1. Fellow nigerians,especially the police why must you hate on your neighbours freedom,can't you see the nature of things going on,we are not making it together as one nation,even a dumb ass know,so let the truth have is way,revolution is all we need for a better governance.

  2. Please if your not with us your against us. Call yourself what so ever any pains infuriated to the Biafra Igbo Jews family neither direct or indirect we will not take it lightly . So be careful those who pretending to be fighting for us but they are simple the maids and nanny’s of the hausa / fulanis.

    We wont tolerate sabotage or saboteurs.

  3. Our leaders should leave we igbo (jews biafra)alone cos d time boko haram is killing our people no body arrest dem so we biafra need our independent to stay our own.

  4. We need an imidiate release of those inocent mens who fight for their freedom, they said they're no longer nigeria alow them to go before the law will catch you jonathan.

  5. Mr. President, shouldn't this sound as a note of warning.This is not the first time such a thing is happening. We have had about it in Ogoni.Previously it was not so in our "Nigeria".People are aggreived and looking a way out for them selves.

  6. Am happy to be a Biafran Jew(Igbo)and i pray to God that in my next world he should creat me an Igbo again.Mr Ben Onwuka am really impress in your dogedness toward making sure that your re-declared the indepence of our great Biafra as you stipulated on 5th November 2012 without fear knowing fully well wat will the outcome of your action.Nigeria leave us Igbos(Biafra Jews)alone to go,is it by force that we dont want to be in Nigeria.Contact me on:+2348038499183,+2348185774858

  7. This. Is nonsense stupid act treasonous

  8. Our leaders shld make Naija work instead of arresting &forcing all to remain in failing state.Enough of ds oppression.

  9. Time is running out for nija


    1. just writing alakuba

    2. Ismiala pls we must get our own independent whether u pple like it or nt cos i can see u re among boko haram member enough is enough u people wil nt kill any christain again

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