On Sunday, some members of the Biafra Zionists Federation vowed to commit “mass suicide” because of their unawareness of the whereabouts of their leader Benjamin Onwuka.
On August 20th, Benjamin Onwuka and some other members of the group were arrested while they were trying to occupy the Enugu State Government House, which they allegedly planned to declare the ‘independence’ of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.
The police and the Department of State Services arrested the secessionists as they were approaching the gate to the Enugu State Government House. were arrested byThe BZF leader’s whereabouts has remained unknown ever since.
In a statement on Sunday, released by the National Coordinator of the BZF, Gilbert Ogbu, the group(Biafra Zionists) had vowed to commit suicide with seven days if the DSS fails to release their leader Onwuka or charge him to court.
The secessionists have also planned to occupy major roads in the South-East where they will be crushed by moving vehicles, according to Ogbu.
Read their statement below:
“we want to further inform Nigerians and the international community over the unlawful detention of our leader, Benjamin Onwuka, by the DSS. It is now over two months and they have refused to charge him to court, contrary to the provisions of Nigeria’s constitution, which says nobody should be detained beyond 24 hours.(Biafra Zionists)
More worrisome is the silence of the security agencies, the South-East governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, we are beginning to think that there is a collaboration among them. We are issuing a seven-day ultimatum, after which we have no option but to commit suicide. We shall occupy all the roads in the South-East and either get crushed by vehicles or have ourselves killed by security forces.”
“we are drawing the attention of the international community, especially the United Nations, the Amnesty International, the United States and Israel to the oppressive tendencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria. We have our right to self-determination as provided for in all international treaties and we are not ready to sacrifice it”.
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