ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) – A group campaigning for the secession of a part of southeastern Nigeria, formerly known as Biafra, on Tuesday accused the army of laying siege to their leader’s home, a charge the armed forces denied.
Rising tensions prompted the governor of Abia state, where the leader’s residence is located, to impose a curfew.
Members - People - Biafra - IPOB - Group
Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group said soldiers had surrounded the home of leader Nnamdi Kanu. Groups have stepped up calls for secession since Kanu was released on bail in April after being detained for nearly two years on charges of criminal conspiracy and belonging to an illegal society.
“There was no surrounding of Nnamdi Kanu’s residence. It is not true,” said army spokesman Sani Usman.
Sentiment - Region - Biafra - Separatist - Rebellion
Secessionist sentiment has simmered in the region since the Biafra separatist rebellion tipped Africa’s most populous country into a civil war in 1967-70 that killed an estimated one million people.
The military presence in southeastern Nigeria has increased in the...
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