The Biafra Telegraph Magazine

By Chima Onyekachi
November 22, 2016

The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is gearing towards a total media blackout as the State Security Service (SSS) has begun clampdown against Biafran journalists who dared to cover the court proceedings. On November 17,2016, Biafrans who came from far and near to pay solidarity to their leader were molested and also restricted from gaining entrance into the court premises, as the SSS and police continued to harass those outside the court premises with tear gas. The court was condored off with Armored Personnel Carrier and heavily armed combined armed forces. The few Biafrans who were allowed entry into the court room were forced to drop their mobile phones and other gadgets outside the court room.

In a report circulated by Ejike Ofeogbu, a journalist and victim of assault on that day; some Biafran Journalists in desperate effort to give an accurate reportage of the court proceedings, smuggled their equipment into the court room but trouble began when officers of the SSS saw two Biafran journalists with their phones and media gadgets. The journalists were immediately arrested and forced into a cell, where they were severally beaten and interrogated. They were forced to unlock their phones and to sign a statement claiming they are terrorists sent to terrorize the court.

It is appalling that the SSS has resorted to suppressing the flow of information on court proceedings instead of proving the case instituted against Nnamdi Kanu in court. There is a confirmed information that the SSS are under strict directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, to restrict the photographs of Nnamdi Kanu and other defendants from been taken during court appearances. Recall, there have been incessant clampdown on newspaper stands bearing Biafra publication by the Nigeria army in most parts of Biafra Land, also publishers of some of the newspapers have been arrested and imprisoned.

The government of Nigeria has continually paid and gagged most Nigeria media platforms from reporting or giving accurate details of activities related to IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu. But the Biafra media platforms have been able to surmount every pressure and have consistently kept the world updated on true happenings relating to the struggle for the restoration of Biafra. The Nigeria government led by Muhammadu Buhari has failed several times, in its attempt to shut down the transmission of Radio Biafra from broadcasting. There was celebration in Aso Rock Presidential Villa, when the government bought over SATLINK, which was the satellite provider for Radio Biafra and thought they had succeeded in shutting down the station. Buhari and his cabal frustrated the efforts of INTELSAT to be the carrier of Biafra Television, even after payment has been made to the satellite company. Till date, Radio Biafra and Biafra Television are up and running, and even expanding to areas that were not reachable earlier.

The Nigeria government has wasted billions of dollars in its efforts to stifle the media outreach for the restoration of Biafra. The government of Muhammadu Buhari has also compromised the social media, especially Facebook, as articles and publication linked to Biafra websites are blocked and tagged as malicious content. Radio Biafra London Facebook page was blocked without any reason for over a week until much pressure and petitions from the people of Biafra forced the management of Facebook to unblock the page. Restrictions have knowingly been placed on every page promoting the restoration of Biafra.

Muhammadu Buhari and his cabal must know they are fighting a losing battle, as they have failed and will continue to fail in every attempt to thwart the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra. The media team of the Indigenous People of Biafra is sophisticated and intelligent to withstand every effort to blackout the trial of her leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The SSS and the Nigeria combined armed forces should be well informed that the Biafran journalists have also sworn to restore Biafra or die trying.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie


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