A combined team of Department of State Services (DSS) operatives and men of the Nigerian Police Force on Monday reportedly arrested Leader of pro-Biafra group, Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF), Benjamin Onwuka.
Onwuka was said to have been picked up alongside some of his group members after a botched attempt to take over the Enugu State Government House to declare Biafran independence.
Reports say that the agitators engaged in a peaceful protest and marched through Presidential Road, through Rangers Avenue, but were stopped at Bissala Road entry to the Government House by security operatives.
Daily Sun quoted BZF Deputy Leader, Ambrose Ugwu as saying, “Our people left this morning (Monday) for the Enugu Government House to foist the Biafra flag, but they were stopped on getting to the road leading to the place.
“DSS operatives stopped them from entering the Government House. They told them to stay within the Bissala Road axis and do whatever they wanted to do.
“However, our leader refused, insisting that he must be allowed to enter the Government House. After a while, they brought vehicles and told them to enter, claiming that they were taking them to a place for a dialogue.
“As we speak, we have not heard from them. As far as we are concerned, this is abduction, because they were taken to unknown place. We have gone to the state CID, but they are not being detained their.
“We are, therefore, calling on the international community, especially, the US President, Donald Trump and the prime minister of Israel to intervene for their immediate release.
“From the information I have, over 50 of them were arrested; they were not armed; they are just freedom fighters. Should anything happen to them, we will hold the South East Governors responsible.”
Onwuka had earlier declared himself the President of Biafra, and added that the United States of America was solidly behind him.
He was detained by security agencies for over two years for attempting to seize control of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS).