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Court Remands 11 Pro-Biafran Activists in Custody for Treason

About four months after they were arrested for invading the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS)  to declare a rebirth of Biafran Republic, 11 members of the Biafran Zionists Federation (BZF) were remanded in prison custody for treason by the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu on Wednesday.

They were arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on treason and attempt to intimidate and instill fear in President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Sullivan Chime through the activities of BZF.

The leader of BZF, Benjamin Onwuka and 10 members of his group, were arrested last June after they launched a failed attack on the ESBS to declare the independence of the defunct Biafra Republic.

After the suspects pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them, Senior State Council representing the Attorney General of the Federation, D. E Kaswe, applied for adjournment.

He said in view of the not guilty plea of the accused persons, he needed adjournment to enable him prepare for witnesses.

Counsel to the accused persons, Olu Omotayo said he had no objection but prayed for a short date on the grounds that his clients had stayed for many months in police custody.

Ruling on  the application, the presiding judge, Justice D.V.C. Agishi, adjourned the case to December 8 for hearing.

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