By Chukwuemeka Chimerue,
Chief Editor | The Biafra Times
12th December 2018
UMUAHIA – At least more than 51 Jewish adherents were arrested yesterday by armed security personnel while embarking on a peaceful procession in the streets of Umuahia, Abia state.
The Jewish Biafrans who were on a peaceful protest against the injustices meted on them and carrying various banners demanding for a Jewish State of Biafra were confronted by joint security forces comprising armed policemen and army who fired tear gas and live bullets at the protesters.
According to our impeccable source, “the duo of the security agencies double-crossed them(Jewish worshippers) with their military armoured tanks and uncountable Hilux vans filled with the Nigeria police and the army who opened fire on them and made several arrests exceeding 51 Biafrans in number.”
It was further gathered that many of the protesters who scampered for safety during the attack, sustained varying degrees of injuries even as some of them are still missing.
However, it has not yet been ascertained if there was any loss of life or the general number of victims as at the time of filing this report.
Explaining how the incident started, an eyewitness who spoke to our correspondent said, “I saw Biafran Jews dancing, singing and exhibiting high sense of coordination.
‘We must remain strong and resolute’ – Uche Mefor
“They were even controlling traffics as they rallied before the police stopped to shot at them. Why are they shooting at them? Why are Nigerian security Forces so callously violent? Can they stand our men if we arm them? Nigeria security Forces will one day cause heavy war that will engulf the entire African continent.
“Their violent approach is the reason behind Boko Haram’s relentless slaughtering of their personnel even on daily bases and yet they have refused to learn.
“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been exceptionally very peaceful. The Nigerian government should not push them to the wall because that will be disastrous.
“Those that will later turn around to apportion blame on IPOB, I hope all of them saw what the Nigerian forces are doing to a people that are legitimately and peacefully expressing their rights.
“Let nobody, community, village, state or organization blame IPOB in the event of restiveness anyday, because enough is enough.
“In an assumed good day, they may definitely be forced to confine their peaceful disposition to the dustbin if this callousness persists.”
Meanwhile, the Deputy Leader of IPOB, Mazi Uche Okafor-Mefor during his emergency Radio Biafra live transmission yesterday, vehemently condemned the gruesome attack, saying that IPOB would remain strong and resolute despite the attacks on its members.
“IPOB shall remain resolute and formidable in our agitation to restore Biafra despite what the Nigeria government may do to subjugate and subdue us because this is our land and we shall not run away from our land,” he said.
He further encouraged them to stand strong assuring them that the leadership of IPOB shall not capitulate in doing the needful to make sure that Biafra is totally restored from the British contraption called Nigeria.
Many Biafrans and lovers of freedom especially members of IPOB who called in during the live broadcast expressed their disappointment and grief over the brutal act of the Nigerian security operatives against the Jewish worshippers.
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