A pro-Biafra group, Biafra National Guard (BNG) has warned southeast governors to order the release of their members held in various prisons in the region or they should forget conducting the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.
The group noted that their members had been held in various prisons across the southeast especially in Onitsha and Awka Correctional Centers, where dozens of their members had been held for over 15 years without trial.
A statement issued in Enugu on Monday by the head of BNG, Nsikak Akpan, the group described as provocative the illegal imprisonment of several Biafran prisoners of conscience held for over 15 years in various prisons.
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It warned that “Under no circumstance must any harm or injury be done to these prisoners of conscience: Mrs. Onyekachi Orji, Miss Okwudiri Bassey, Uche Idikaigbo, Michael Okezie, Uchenna Nicholas, Peter Igbokwe, Ikechukwu Aghara, Chima Asor and Chinweike Irondi.
“Others are Sabastine Amadi, Casmir Odakara, Ojemba Anyanwu, Eni Kalu, Ndubuisi Okam, Ikechukwu Chikwem, Emmanuel Orji, Chukwuma Kalu, Chidiebere Chikwem and Mmaduabuchi Asika.”
The group gave the southeast governors May 31, 2021 deadline for the unconditional release and compensation of “these Biafran prisoners of conscience held in the Onitsha and Awka Prisons.”
“Why should innocent women be made to suffer for the supposed crime of their husbands? Even among those incarcerated is a pregnant woman who has not set sight on her child since she gave birth in prison,” the statement added.
According to the release, “The BNG will kick start her activities in Anambra State. We emphasize that the slated November governorship poll will not be allowed to hold and the state shall be disrupted from being governed.
“The Nigeria security forces must desist from authorizing arrest, patrol, checkpoint or show of uniform in Biafra territory.”