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No fewer than fifty-two members of the Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF) led by Benjamin Onwuka, who was on Tuesday arrested in Enugu have been remanded in Enugu prison by a court in the state.
They were allegedly arrested during a procession to hoist Biafra flag inside the Enugu Government House, as part of activities marking the 59th anniversary of the declaration of the defunct Republic of Biafra.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the pro-Biafra agitators had concluded procession near the Michael Okpara Square, and were marching to the Government House when they were arrested.
They were arraigned at the Enugu Magistrate Court, yesterday, and subsequently remanded in prison, alongside their leader, Onwuka. Recall that on Tuesday, a sit-at-home was declared in the South East by the pro-Biafra agitators in remembrance of Biafra declaration, a development that forced businesses, schools, markets, and offices to close in Enugu and other states in the region.
It was learnt that BZF members, who began their march from a location at Independence Layout, Enugu, were already rounding off when the police swooped on them.
A source stated that the agitators displayed Biafran flags, those of Israel and the United States of America (USA) when they were arrested.
The Eastern Updates reports that this the third time in recent years that the Ben Onwuka-led BZF had attempted to gain access into the Enugu Government House, failing on each occasion.
They had also, in the past, tried to seize the Enugu Broadcasting Service, but were stopped by the police. One of their members was shot dead in the process.
In a related development, the governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has abolished the observance of sit-at-home in the state effective from Monday, June 6, saying such orders were restricting creativity, entrepreneurship, and productivity in the state.
He, however, expressed government’s readiness “to dialogue with people who have genuine grievances towards bringing lasting peace and security to the state.”
He also called on President Bola Tinubu to release detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to quicken the much-needed healing process in Nigeria.
Mbah made the declaration while highlighting decisions reached at the end of his first security council meeting with heads of security agencies at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.