By Tony Edike
ENUGU — THE Enugu State police command, yesterday, declared the leader of the Biafra Zionist Federation, Barrister Benjamin Igwe Onwuka wanted , Onwuka led the pro-Biafra group that invaded the Enugu Government House in the early hours of March 8, 2014 to hoist the Biafra flag.
The police said Onwuka, 52, a native of Item in Bende local government area of Abia State, is wanted for alleged treasonable felony.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who made this known in a statement, yesterday, said that “investigations into the alleged attack on Government House on March 8, 2014 by 4.30 a.m. have been intensified as some arrests have been made to that effect and suspects already helping the police in their investigations to unravel all those behind the dastardly act and bring them to book while manhunt on the fleeing persons are in top gear.”
He said: “The state police command has declared one Onwuka Benjamin Igwe wanted for treasonable felony. Onwuka Bejamin Igwe is one of the suspected actors in the unlawful act of 8/3/14 at Government House and since then has not been seen. He is 5ft 2 inches tall and not too dark in complexion and about 52 years and speaks English and Ibo languages fluently.
“He is also a native of Item in Bende local Government Area of Abia state and is resident around Abakpa Nike axis of Enugu state. The command requests any one with useful information about Onwuka Benjamin Igwe to contact any nearest police Division or formation or the State Criminal and Investigations Department Enugu state for appropriate action as the informant will be adequately rewarded.”
Onwuka had shortly after leading his group for the night operation at the Government House claimed responsibility for invasion of Enugu State seat of power, saying members of his group took control of the Enugu State seat of power for about four hours after they successfully hoisted the flag of the Republic of Biafra and some banners at the main gate.
He told newsmen that their mission was primarily to reclaim the old headquarters of the former Biafra Republic, dismissing speculations that the group was sponsored by some politicians in Enugu State.
He explained that the major target of the BZF members was to hoist the Biafran flag as a symbol of rebirth of the defunct Biafra Republic, adding that member of his group who were not armed and who had no charms whatsoever, were in the Government House from 3 am to 7am before soldiers dislodged them, insisting that they accomplished their mission.
He, however, warned that Nigeria should vacate the Biafra territory before March 31, 2014 or risk a bloodbath, disclosing that his group had concluded plans to take over total control of Biafra land from April 1.
But Onwuka had gone into hiding since the incident even as the police said that four members of his the group had been arrested and were helping them in their investigations into the incident.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around the Government House, Enugu as Armoured Personnel Careers had been stationed at the two entries to the Government House while dozens of armed security operatives including soldiers, have been deployed to the area.