By Juliana Uzoka
The Lagos State Police Command swooped in on a publishing firm (Biafra Times), for promoting Biafra agitations, and arrested 10 persons for committing sedition.
The suspects allegedly belonging to the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were promoting the break-off of the country, which the Police said was punishable under the criminal law of the state.
The publications which mostly contained Biafra struggle to gain autonomy was traced to a room in Somolu; no. 33 Oguntolu street, where the publications were made and distributed to vendors.
While being interrogated by the Police, owner of the printing press, 30 year old Peter Eke said the motive was purely for profit.
He said: “I started three months ago and my print run per week is between 6,000 to 7,000 copies and I distribute to vendors at N60, while they sell it at N100.
“I was trying to recoup the money I spent on setting up the printing press. I bought the four printing machines at N2.1 million each.
“Before I started publishing Biafra Times, I had another publication called Ace but I noticed that anytime I print anything on Biafra, my print run sells out.
“That was when I decided to focus on Biafra Times. I am not necessarily a Biafran member, I merely cashed in on the situation at hand to make money.”
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects, said they will be charged to court immediately.
He said: “When we got the intelligence report, a team of policemen were quickly sent to the address and they found a printing press where Biafra Times was being published.
“We arrested 10 people and seized the plates and 515 copies of the run. It’s an offence punishable under the criminal law of Lagos State under Section 205, which deals with obscene publications.
“Also, Section 401 captures offences relating to terrorism. It is punishable under the Criminal Code, a Federal law under the chapters that deals with seditious report.
“The exhibits are in police custody and the police worked throughout the night to interrogate them and we have liaised with the Attorney General of the state on the situation.