Nigeria protests over Biafra activist’s arrest

Hundreds of people in southern
Nigeria have been protesting about the continued detention of Nnamdi
Kanu, an activist who supports the creation of a breakaway state of

The director of banned Radio Biafra was arrested last
month and is still being held despite a court order to free him, his
mainly ethnic Igbo supporters say.
There are reports of violence during a protest in Port Harcourt.
Biafran secessionists fought a three-year civil war that ended in 1970.
More than one million people lost their lives before the uprising was eventually quelled by the military.
Secessionist groups have attracted the support of many young people in the south-east in recent years.
BBC’s Abdussalam Ahmed in the south-eastern city of Enugu says in
reality they do not want a repeat of the civil war but are keen to draw
the attention of the central government to some developmental challenges
the region faces
“We won’t give up until our director Nnamdi Kanu is released,” one protester told our reporter during a protest in Enugu.
It is not clear where Radio Biafra is based but it mainly broadcasts to the Igbo-speaking south-east of the country.
Nigerian government says it has been operating without a licence and
began jamming its signals in July, but its broadcasts are still
available online and via mobile phones by a dialling a local number.
IPOB leader, Uchemna Madu, told the BBC that the group was fighting
against the “injustice and inequality” ethnic Igbos faced in Nigeria.
believe in Nigeria, we have businesses everywhere in the country but we
are getting nothing apart from political and social marginalisation,”
he said.
“Our lives and properties are not secured, we want to live on our own.”
Nigerian authorities have always maintained that most of the issues the
Biafra activists are complaining about are not unique to southern part
of the country.

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