Enugu police command threatens crackdown on Biafra Zionist
Enugu state commissioner of police, CP Mr Suleiman Balarabe, has threatened crackdown on Biafra agitators, warning those he described as trouble makers and “unnecessary agitators’’ to steer clear of the state.
Balarabe explained that Mr Benjamin Onwuka, leader of Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF), a pro-Biafra group, had pasted wall posters in public places that he would declare himself President of Biafra Republic in Enugu come July 30. He said that Onwuka, also allegedly ordered that residents of Enugu should stay at home and celebrate the “historic declaration.”
The CP gave the warning on Monday, while meeting with transport associations and stakeholders in Enugu on the threat by the group. He said that the law enforcement agencies, including the police, would not fail to arrest and prosecute any group or individual that would cause breach of peace.
The commissioner stated that the police would not watch any group or individual commit felony in the state. “I know that the people of Enugu state are peace-loving people who mind their daily businesses. They will continue to have peace. The police and other sister security agencies are assuring residents of the state of adequate security deployment tomorrow.
“We urge you people to come out en mass to carry out your daily businesses without fear or favour; as security agencies will ensure that nothing undesirable happens in any part of the state,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mr Collins Nebo, state secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), said that the union members were not in support of frequent threat to their businesses by pro-Biafran groups. Nebo noted that the union would give the law enforcement agencies the needed support, adding that transporters would carry out their businesses fully on July 30.
“We are known for peace as a union and we will continue to support the police and other law enforcement agencies to build enduring peace in the state,’’ he assured.
Mr Benjamin Ejiofor, president of Association of Tricycle Riders Transport Union in the state, noted that the executive members had warned its members not to associate or join any unlawful procession. “The union is giving the commissioner maximum cooperation on this matter. We cannot allow lawless people to take over our society,’’ Ejiofor added. (NAN)