Nigeria Police Force has arrested not less than 57 members of Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF) in Enugu.
Police nabbed the Zionist members on Sunday morning shortly before the commencement of their Biafra Day parade.
Leader of the group, Barr. Benjamin Onwuka claimed that policemen from Ogui Division stormed their meeting venue to whisk his members away.
In a message he sent out on Sunday, the self-acclaimed BZF leader said: “they arrested 57 of our members this morning. We were preparing to go for our Biafra parade.
“We are non-violent people, we are peaceful agitators. They should be released immediately, unconditionally, without charge, they committed no crime. “We have informed the United States of this development,” he claimed.
Onwuka had few days ago announced that they would storm the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, today, for a Biafra parade.
The spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, has confirmed the arrest, Daily Dates Nigeria reports
He said about 54 members of the group were picked because of the way they had gathered, stressing that they were taken to the Command headquarters.
Ndukwe said the arrested members were addressed on the need to maintain peace and left to go immediately.
“There was no such arrest. Rather, 54 persons were seen to be unlawfully gathered at Owerri Road, Ogui, New layiut, Enugu and were brought to Headquarters for questioning,” he said.
He added that “after nothing incriminating was found on them, the CP addressed and cautioned them to go home and maintain peace. They all left happily.”