Leader of the Biafra Zionist Federation, BZF, Mr. Benjamin Onwuka and 12 members of his group arrested last week following a failed attempt to seize the Enugu State Broadcasting Service, ESBS, have been transferred to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for further investigation.
The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, who disclosed this in Enugu said after the arraignment of the suspects they were moved to Abuja where they are currently undergoing further interrogation.
Onwuka and members of the pro-Biafra group had in the early hour of Thursday, June 5, 2014 invaded the premises of Enugu state government-owned radio station in an attempt to make a broadcast of their intention to re-awaken the defunct Republic of Biafra.
A police sergeant and a BZF member were killed in the incident while 13 members of the group were arrested.
The State police commissioner had said that members of the pro-Biafra group that invaded the radio station were on a mission to take over the government of Enugu State and cause crisis in the state.
The commissioner who gave details of what the group did at the station said: “When they went to the ESBS, they got entrance into the studio and wanted them to give them access to make a live broadcast to the people of Nigeria.
“In the broadcast, they have a CD rom where the details of what they wanted to tell members of the public was saved.”
“They made a summary of it in a sheet of paper and the highlight of it are; an appeal calling for all boys in Obiagu to come out, all boys from Ogui to come out, all boys in Enugu to come out; they also asked students, people with Keke Napep to come out. They wanted to order all businesses closed, all schools to be closed, all markets to be closed and all government officials to surrender all property in their possession before midday. You can see these people were in a mission of trying to overturn the government and it is something that we will never tolerate”.
He continued, “Recall that in March this year, they had attacked Government House, Enugu. We had earlier declared their leader wanted. The same group of Biafran Zionist Federation led by their leader, Benjamin Igwe Onwuka invaded the Enugu State Broadcasting Service with the intention that after the broadcast, they will set the place ablaze.
By Tony Edike