Suspected IPOB members hoist Biafra flag in Benue
November 3, 2020
Some suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra have hoisted Biafra flag in Ekile community in the Ado Local Government Area of Benue State.
The flags were seen at strategic locations in the community which shares boundary with another community in Ebonyi State.
Our correspondent gathered that Ekile is a district which serves as a host community to the Ezza from Ebonyi State.
It was further learned that the hoisting of the flags took place in the early hours of Friday, prompting some members of Ekile community to raise the alarm.
A community leader and former chairman of Ado LGA, Otse Otukpa, told our correspondent on the telephone that the hoisting of the flags was the third time in the community.
Otokpa said, “This is about the third time it is happening. In 2014, 2015; apart from hoisting their flag, they also wrote on logs of wood, ‘Biafra Territory’.
“There was also a time we discovered a house that was allegedly used for scouting by IPOB members, but men of the Department of State Services dislodged them.”
The chairman of the council, James Oche, stated that he had been informed of the incident.
The chairman, who spoke through the supervisory councillor for education, information and social development, Mr Attah Ede, said there was no part of Ado that belonged to Ebonyi State.
“We have yet to ascertain their mission and why they think such thing should be done in Ado. Ado is part of Benue State and Benue is one of the states in the North-Central of Nigeria. We are not South-East. IPOB should keep its activities off Ado and Benue as a whole,” Oche said.