The Lagos State Police Command has arrested IPOB members for allegedly publishing a seditious newspaper called Biafra Times.
The suspects were accused of publishing seditious materials about Biafra.
According to the police, it a crime punishable under the criminal law of the state.
They were said to have converted a room at no 33 Oguntolu Street, Somolu, into a printing press.
The publications were majorly on things related to the Biafran struggle and the quest to gain their independence.
Peter Eke, the publisher said “I am not aware that my publication is seditious.
“I only saw it from a commercial point of view.
“I started three months ago and my print run per week is between 6,000 to 7,000 copies.
“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, said they will be charged to court same day.
“We went to the location and arrested 10 people. We also seized the plates and 515 copies of the print run.
“It’s an offense punishable under the criminal law of Lagos State under Section 105, which deals with obscene publications.
“Also, Section 401 captures offenses relating to terrorism.
“It is punishable under the Criminal Code, a Federal law under the chapters that deals with a seditious report.”