Biafran Guard Declares Oct. 30 Biafra Independence Day

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The Biafran National Guard, one of the factions fighting for Southeast Nigeria’s independence, has declared war on the Nigerian government, declaring October 30, 2021, as the region’s independence day.

Some armed men labeled as members of the Biafran National Guard were shown indicating they were ready for war in recordings obtained by SaharaReporters.

A man can be heard saying in one of the films, “Biafra’s liberation has only just begun. Today is the second day of our wonderful week. As you can see, Biafran National Guards are already on the ground and on their way to liberate the political captives – Mrs Onyekachi Orji and the others.”

“This is Biafran National Guards, as you can see them, they are all on alert. You can see they are ready for war, war for the liberation of Biafra has just begun.”

The camera further showed armed men in about four SUVs fuelling their vehicles.
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The man behind the camera then approached a man in one of the vehicles, identifying him as the Commander, Gen Innocent Orji.

“This is the commander, Gen Innocent Orji. Sir, can you tell us what is happening here?” he asked the commander. 

Orji replied saying, “We want to tell them that Anambra election can never hold. We are going to declare the sovereignty of Biafra Nation.”

The unidentified man behind the camera continued, “This is our military. Biafran National Guards are in various vehicles, ready to go and free the prisoners of conscience that have been imprisoned for almost 15 years. You can see them filling their vehicles. 

“Saturday, 30th of October is going to be the re-declaration of Biafra sovereignty.”

A second video suggests the man with the camera was in a vehicle and gunshots could be heard. 

The voice said, “Biafran National Guards have just met some soldiers; the war has just begun.”

The armed men in the videos allegedly had a confrontation with men of the Nigerian Army, leading to the death of one of the BNG members.
Later on Thursday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement confirmed the death of one of the gunmen. 

According to the statement, the gunmen allegedly attacked troops’ location at Amaekpu in the Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

He added: “The assailants, who were heavily armed and conveyed in several vehicles opened fire on the troops’ location, but were met with stiff resistance by the troops. In the encounter, the troops neutralized one gunman, while others abandoned their vehicles and retreated in disarray with gunshot wounds. The troops also recovered a pump-action gun, among others.

“While the criminals withdrew, having been overwhelmed, they were promptly intercepted at Eda by troops of Forward Operating Base Ohaozara in Ebonyi State. The troops recovered additional three vehicles and apprehended one of the gunmen.”

Meanwhile, the Biafran National Guard had vowed to hoist the Biafran Military Flag of Authority by May 30, 2021.

The activity, according to the group, will mark the ultimate conquest of Biafran lands, which will begin in Anambra State.

The organization also claimed that the Nigerian flag could not be flown or exhibited in any portion of the country’s south-east, which they referred to as Biafran territory.
The Indigenous People of Biafra, for its part, has declared a sit-at-home strike starting November 5 if President Muhammadu Buhari’s government fails to release its leader Nnamdi Kanu by November 4.

While many have quoted IPOB as declaring that the Anambra polls on November 6 will not take place, the group has since said that it has no interest in the election.

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