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IPOB demonstration outside the Nigerian High Commission

Pro-Biafrans planning another London protest

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the separatist organisation formed by Nnamdi Kanu and advocating secession from Nigeria, are planning another protest on Friday 13 November at Number 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron and Buhari outside Number 10 Downing Street
Cameron and Buhari outside Number 10 Downing Street

The IPOB claims in a statement: “We will be presenting a letter to Mr Cameron at 1pm, in response to the unlawful detention of IPOB Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by Buhari Government.”

London-based Kanu was arrested in Lagos by security agents on 17 October and he has not been charged since. His MP Harriet Harman wrote to the British Foreign Secretary demanding the reasons for his arrest and that Kanu, who is a British citizen, be given British consular services.

Nnamdi Kanu still in detention
Nnamdi Kanu still in detention

The arrest has sparked massive protests in southeast Nigeria and in other parts of the world. The IPOB also organised a demonstration outside the Nigerian High Commission in London on 26 October.

On Sunday the Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase warned protesters to avoid disturbing the peace. Earlier on Friday, the Nigerian Police Force said in a statement that a “planned one million march is illegal”.

Pro-Biafra protest in Asaba
Pro-Biafra protest in Asaba

There is little evidence that the official response has deterred the pro-Biafran agitators.

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