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We’ll Return Armed To Enugu Govt House, Says Biafra Group



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The Leader of the Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF), the group which claimed responsibility for last weekend’s attack on the Enugu State Government House, has vowed to stage another attack –this time with a well armed team.


Ben Onwuka also warned against any attempt to arrest him as a result of the activities of his movement, which, he said, is also to be extended to Owerri, the Imo State capital.


Onwuka said he feared no arrest, but added his arrest would spell doom for Nigeria.


He spoke with reporters on telephone from his undisclosed hideout.


The British trained lawyer said since they operated for four hours at the Government House without any weapon and could not be arrested, it would be bloody this time around if attempts were made to arrest them.


Reiterating that the group’s aim is to reclaim Biafra’s independence, he admonished that the Nigerian authorities should be cautious in the way they go after them because the world powers were behind their actions. But he did not name the world powers.

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“We are going again to the Government House, Enugu. This time around, we will be fully armed. We must take our headquarters from Nigeria,” Onwuka threatened.


The group on March 8 stormed the Government House, Enugu to hoist the Biafran flag. They were beaten by security agents.


Onwuka told reporters in Enugu on Wednesday that they succeeded in hoisting the flag, even though it may have been removed.


He insisted that the flag must rest in Enugu Government House, which is the epicentre of the Biafran federation.


There were strong indications yesterday that the BZF had concluded plans to hoist the Biafra flag at the Imo State Government House.


A high ranking member of the group, who pleaded for anonymity, said the BZF would take over the entire Southeast states. “We will start from the Southeast states and Imo State will likely be our next point of call and we must hoist our flags in all the government houses and no threat from security operatives can stop us.”

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But the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has warned splinter groups agitating for the realisation of Biafra Republic to desist from violent measures that may further endanger the life and property of “Biafrans”.


MASSOB also distanced itself from the attack on Enugu Government House, stressing that as a non violent organisation, it would continue to employ peaceful but strict measures towards achieving an independent Biafra.


MASSOB’s Director of Information Uchenna Madu said: “Although MASSOB is not disturbed by the various groups championing the course of Biafra, we are non-violent and will not support any plan by any person or group of persons to engage in violence in the guise of fighting for Biafra.


“We warn against any further act that will expose the lives and property of Ndigbo to any danger. We are committed to Biafra but through peaceful means”.

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