Army launches manhunt for pro-Biafra publishers in Aba
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.
“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.