Friday, 6 June 2014

Pro-Biafra group attempts to seize Enugu Radio, kills police sergeant

ENUGU–Members of the Pro-Biafra group, Biafra Zionists Federation, BZF led by Barrister Benjamin Onwuka, who attacked the Government House, Enugu on March 8, struck again in the early hours of Thursday at the Enugu State Broadcasting Service, ESBS in an attempt to seize the radio and television station for a broadcast.

The move was however foiled by a team of policemen who were alerted by some staff of the station who arrived for the morning duty and met their premises under siege.

But a police sergeant and a member of BZF were killed in a shootout while a police inspector who led the team was seriously wounded.

The BZF leader, Benjamin Onwuka and 12 members of his group were arrested as they tried to escape from the station after the clash with the policemen and are now undergoing interrogation at the Criminal Investigations Department of the State Police Command.

Eyewitness accounts said the BZM members in an operation similar to the March 8 invasion of the Enugu Government House, stormed the premises of the station through the fence at about 5 am and held the security men and staff on night shift hostage.

They forcefully gained entry into the offices including the studio and made attempts to put on the equipment for a live broadcast by the BZM leader but unknown to them the television had been off air since the past two days while they were unable to have access to the radio station which was broadcasting at the time

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