SaharaReporters has obtained handwritten documents revealing the arrest and detention of Benjamin Madu, who admitted to Department of State Services (DSS) agents that he was a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). Mr. Madu was arrested by agents of DSS after a container was discovered in his home that contained a radio transmitter that was transmitting Radio Biafra programming.
According to a document provided to SaharaReporters, several firearms were also discovered in the home of Mr. Madu. Among the weapons were an Emerald Magnum pump-action shotgun, a Delia pump-action shotgun, a packet containing 17 12-calibre cartridges, and another a packet containing 24 12-calibre cartridges.
The list also included a reference to a small satchel “containing substances suspected to be Indian Hemp”.
It will be recalled that the leader of IPOB and the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was arrested on October 18, 2015. He remains in custody despite being granted bail.
Earlier this week SaharaReporters exclusively obtained a statement used by DSS as evidence that “Biafran soldiers” were linked to IPOB. In the statement references were made to armed individuals present at IPOB meetings and training exercises. The statement was written by Tochukwu Meribe and described his experiences with IPOB as a member of the organization.