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BSMCA vows to hoist Biafra flag, May 30

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

A purported Biafran Supreme Military Council, over the weekend, vowed to hoist what he called ‘the Biafran Military Flag’ to ‘officially signal  change from transitional to provisional government and the total takeover of Biafra territories.’

According to a press release by their spokesman, Col. Nsikak Akpan, the Biafran National Guard [BNG] will kickstart her activities in the area known as old Anambra state.

He said “the Nigeria security forces must desist from authorising arrest, patrol, checkpoint or show of uniform in Biafra territory. Also, this is to forewarn that the Nigerian flag is, therefore, banned and must not be seen hoisted or displayed in any part of Biafra territory or there shall be severe consequences against those who flout the order.”

The Council described as provocative what it described as “the illegal imprisonment of several Biafran prisoners of conscience held for over 15 years in the Onitsha and Awka Prisons.”

He warned that, “in no circumstance must any harm or injury be done to these prisoners of conscience that include, Mrs. Onyekachi Orji, Miss Okwudiri Bassey, Uche Idikaigbo, Michael Okezie, Uchenna Nicholas, Peter Igbokwe, Ikechukwu Aghara, Chima Asor and Chinweike Irondi.” Others, according to him, were “Sabastine Amadi, Casmir Odakara, Ojemba Anyanwu, Eni Kalu, Ndubuisi Okam, Ikechukwu Chikwem, Emmanuel Orji, Chukwuma Kalu, Chidiebere Chikwem and Mmaduabuchi Asika.

“This also serves as notice to those persons involved in the conspiracy for the incarceration of these prisoners of conscience that they shall never escape the wrath of BNG”

The group accused the Nigeria state of being “synonymous with the abuse of human rights and the non-compliance to the earlier deadline given for the release of these prisoners of conscience” and set the deadline for the unconditional release and compensation of their members purportedly held in the Onitsha and Awka Prisons, as the last day of May 2021.

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