Army launches manhunt for pro-Biafra publishers in Aba

Soldiers have launched a manhunt
for publishers of pro Biafra newspapers in
Aba, Abia state.
A vendor who spoke on the condition of
anonymity told Vanguard that a group of
soldiers accosted him and some of his
colleagues demanding them to disclose
the identity of the publishers of the Biafra
newspapers circulating in the city.
Vanguard gathered that one of the
vendors identified as Emeka is suspected
to have been arrested by soldiers.
Recall that soldiers attached to the 144
Battalion Asa, Ukwa West Council area,
had on March 14, 2016, confiscated
unsold and new editions of pro- Biafra
newspapers; New Republic, Vesym,
Freedom Journal, including copies of
Authority newspapers in Aba.
Some of the vendors have devised
strategies to conceal and sell the pro
Biafra newspapers and magazines which
are in hot demand in the city. Pro Biafra
newspapers sell more than national
newspapers in Aba.
A publisher, who declined to be named for
fear of reprisal, in an interview with
Vanguard, condemned the action of the
military, and denied that pro Biafra
newspapers incite hatred among the
people, stressing that they only publish
Biafra stories as some national dailies
“We are publishing only reports
about Biafra like other national dailies
do. Let the military go and close down all
the media houses because they are
carrying Biafra stories, after all, we are
not the only people publishing stories
on Biafra.”
As at the time of filing this report, efforts
to get the reaction of the Army Public
Relations Officer, 14 Brigade Ohafia,
Major Sidney Mbaneme, proved abortive
as his mobile number was unavailable.


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