Three people, including a police officer, have been killed in Enugu, southeast Nigeria, after a group promoting the re-emergence of Biafra attempted to take over a broadcast station in the state capital.
It was gathered that the group known as Biafra Zionists Federation, attempted to gain access to the Enugu State Broadcasting Service in the early hours of Thursday, with the aim of seizing the station for a broadcast by its leader, Benjamin Onwuka. The group members were said to be armed with dangerous weapons.
Two members of the group were reportedly killed by security men as they fled the scene, while the leader of the group was reportedly arrested, alongside some of his members.
They were arrested by the police and paraded before the media at the police headquarters in Enugu.
It is not yet clear what message the group had intended to broadcast.
A pro-Biafra group, Biafra Zionist Movement, BZM, announced, on Tuesday, that it had commenced the process to launch the struggle for a State of Biafra with the international community, saying that the formal declaration of the new Biafra Republic had been slated for November 5.
This came as Conference of Igbo Youth Organizations, CIYO, warned that Ndigbo “would no longer watch in silence while our brothers and sisters are slaughtered like animals” in the Northern States.
National President of BZM, Benjamin Onwuka, at a briefing said what prevented the realization of Biafra republic over the years was the inability to get the support of world powers, like the United States of America to back the project.
He expressed regrets that the international community did not know the aspirations of the Biafra people, saying “Biafra must therefore be internationalized because the forces preventing the dreams for our independence are vested in the United Kingdom.
Biafra can only be achieved when we secure the support of the United States of America; the day USA comes to our side, that day we shall be free from Nigeria; the story of South Sudan where a bloody civil war was fought for over 24 years is a typical example.”
Meanwhile, the Igbo youths in a statement endorsed by 10 youth leaders, including the National Coordinator, Igbo Youth Grand Alliance, Uchenna Uchehara, who read it after their emergency meeting in Owerri yesterday said: “Events of the past few months in Nigeria have become very disturbing to stakeholders, especially the Igbo nation that played a major role in the founding of Nigeria and inspite of the tragedies of the Biafran war, resolved to give total support to one united Nigeria”.