- Barrister Benjamin Onwuka has been arraigned before the Federal High Court, Owerri division
- Onwuka, leader of the Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF), has been in the custody of Department of State Services (DSS) for the past five months
- The deputy leader of the BZF has demanded that the federal government order the immediate release of Onwuka
The leader of the Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF), Barrister Benjamin Onwuka, has been arraigned before the Federal High Court, Owerri division.
Onwuka who has been in the custody of DSS for the past five months, was remanded in prison custody.
It could be re-called that Onwuka, who was arrested in August after an encounter with security operatives, has been incommunicado ever since.
However, the deputy leader of the group, Mazi Ambrose Ugwu, told journalists in Enugu on Thursday, December 13, that Onwuka has been docked at the Federal High Court, Owerri by the DSS.
His words: “I can confirm to you that our leader has finally been arraigned in court by the DSS. After keeping him away from us and other members of the public for over three months, they arraigned him at the Federal High Court, Owerri. The trial judge remanded him in prison on the premise that he may jump bail.”
While describing the latest development as unacceptable, he called on the federal government to order for the immediate release of their leader.
“Our demand has not changed. The Biafra leader, Barrister Benjamin Onwuka has not done anything to warrant his being incarcerated. This is not but oppression and suppression of our rights to freedom as guaranteed under the Nigeria Constitution and other international treaties.
“He should be immediately release unconditionally because they have done more damage to his rights already by keeping him incommunicado for over three months. The DSS has no right to have kept him for such long a time without charging him to court. Now, that he has been arraigned, the claim of his jumping bail should not even arise at all.
“We call on Muhammadu Buhari’s government to free our leader immediately without any condition attached,” Ugwu said.
Meanwhile, the Abia state police command recently announced the arrest of nine suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM).
The Abia commissioner of police, Chris Ezike disclosed this during at a press conference, revealing that the items recovered from the suspects included two motorcycles, Biafran identify cards, one Biafran magazine, one Biafran National Anthem booklet and a Biafran flag.
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