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Ahead of today’s planned takeover of Enugu Government House and declaration of Biafra independence by the Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF), the police have warned against any action that could cause a breach of peace in the state.

Biafra President and Leader of BZF, Benjamin Onwuka, had announced the group’s plans to takeover the Enugu Government House today for the declaration of Biafra’s independence and called for mass return of Biafrans all over the world for the event.

Onwuka had claimed that the group has the backing of the United States (U.S.) and Isreali governments in its quest, stressing that Biafra independence had been recognised by the two countries.

But in a statement, the police said it was working in collaboration with other security agencies and relevant stakeholders to contain moves that could defy the state authority.

The statement, signed by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, advised parents and guardians not to allow their children to be used to disrupt peace in the state.

He stated that security personnel were ready to curtail any uprisings and would invoke the law against any persons or group of persons who violate the laws of the land.

The statement further urged members of the public to go about their legitimate duties, assuring that the police would protect them, while doing so.

The agitators had attempted to cease Enugu Government House on May 30, 2018, which led to the arrest of 30 of them including, Onwuka in Enugu.

They were, however; released few weeks later in what the members claimed was based on the intervention of the United States government.

Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the arrest, detention and torture of some female members of the group, who participated in the protest in Owerri, Imo State, over the whereabouts of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement issued by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group stated that it was unheard of anywhere in the world that the police and army arrested old women, some of who are grandmothers, torturing them for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceful assembly

Insisting that such development could not happen anywhere outside Igboland, IPOB said that it was an indication that Igbo was a conquered territory, alleging that 66 protesting women were arrested and taken to Okehi Police Station in Rivers State, where they are being tortured.

Also, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide yesterday condemned the harassment of IPOB women by the Nigerian Army, describing the action as callous and undemocratic.

In a statement by its Deputy President General, Obinna Achuonye after their National Exco meeting in Abakaliki, the group said the harassment of IPOB members who were expressing their displeasure over the whereabouts of some of their arrested members was unacceptable.



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