Friday, 8 May 2015

Biafran Zionists Insist President Must Free Their Jailed Members Before May 29



Members of the Biafra Zionist Federation, BZF, have pleaded with President Goodluck Jonathan to order the release of their members, who have been in detention since last year.

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News48hrs.blogspot.com reports that trail of the 11 members of the BZF was stalled last week owing to the absence of the prosecuting counsel from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.

It could be re-called that the zionists, including their leader, Barr. Benjamin Onwuka have been standing trial on charges bordering on treason before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.

The court, presided over by Justice Dorothy Agishi had earlier remanded them in prison custody, over-ruling a bail application request from their counsel, Barr. Olu Omotayo.

Our correspondent reports that the eleven pro-Biafra activists were brought to the court with heavily armed security operatives.

All the adjoining entrance roads leading to the court were also barricaded, a situation that made it difficult for people to drive in or out of the Federal High Court premises.

However, when the case came up, the clerk informed the court that the prosecuting counsel said he was indisposed to appear in the court.

Angered by the development, counsel to the accused persons, Omotayo told the court that the freedom of his clients were being toyed with by the Attorney General.

He said "we are surprised that he is not here today; if he knew that he would not be disposed to come from Abuja, he should hand over the case file to another counsel in their zonal office here in Enugu.

"During the bail application, a counsel was coming from the AGF's zonal office in Enugu; so, I'm surprised that the person is no longer appearing in the court.

"I am praying the court that if they did not appear in the next date, the case of the prosecution should be closed while they allow us to open our defense".

Members of the BZF who were also in court left with mournful looks, even as they accused the Federal Government of a deliberate plan to stifle a non-violent organization.

One of them, who spoke to journalists under anonymity said, "President Jonathan should free these innocent freedom fighters before he leaves in office in May 29.

"It is so bad that they have continued to keep them under detention, even when all the activities of BZF are still within international charters and conventions".

Meanwhile, the case was adjourned to May 19 for continuation of hearing.

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