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Hope Uzodinma: Running scared of IPOB

21 September 2021 Hope Uzodinma, aka “the Supreme Court governor” of Imo State, is said to be afraid to visit his hometown of Omuma, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State because of the threat posed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or their armed wing the Eastern Security Network (ESN). IPOB are seeking the secession of …

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Why support for secession is growing in southeast Nigeria

17 September 2021 ‘I don’t think Nigerians want a broken country. They think the country is already broken and they’re protesting it.’ When President Muhammadu Buhari flew into southeastern Imo State last week to commission a handful of development projects, he was greeted by deserted streets and shuttered businesses: Residents were demonstrating against his leadership by staying at home. Dressed …

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Taliban capture of Super Tucano highlights risk in Nigeria

4 September 2021 The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the group’s capture of U.S. military materiel highlights the risk inherent to U.S. arms deals with countries wracked with insecurity. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially placed in service six A-29 Super Tucanos, light turboprop aircraft manufactured by Embraer (Brazil) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (United States). Six more Super Tucanos …

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A breakdown of Biafra separatism, and where Kanu fits into the picture

20 August 2021 Nnamdi Nwannekaenyi Okwu Kanu is currently one of the most controversial figures in Nigeria. He is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, one of the Biafra separatist organisations, as well as the director of Radio Biafra. He was born in 1967 in present-day Abia state, South-East Nigeria, to parents from a family of royalty. Kanu was an alumnus …

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Amnesty International: At least 115 people killed by security forces in 4 months in Nigeria’s southeast

6 August 2021 • Police said at least 21 personnel were killed in three months in Imo state. • More than 500 arrested after police and military raids.  • Widespread allegations of torture and ill-treatment.  Nigerian security forces have committed a catalogue of human rights violations and crimes under international law in their response to spiralling violence in Southeast Nigeria, carrying …

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Nigeria cracks down on separatists as security issues mount in the north

22 July 2021 The arrest of another separatist activist wanted by Nigeria sends a clear message that President Buhari won’t tolerate secessionist aspirations. But critics say there’s much more at play than just arresting figureheads. Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, known popularly in Nigeria as Sunday Igboho, was arrested in neighboring Benin on Monday evening, according to media reports. He …

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What drives the Indigenous People of Biafra’s relentless efforts for secession

16 July 2021 In late June, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was rearrested. He was first arrested back in October 2015 for treasonable felony as well as disturbing the peace and violations of human rights. He jumped bail and fled Nigeria in 2017. Kanu’s rearrest was greeted with euphoria in government circles. This is because he has established himself …

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Wole Soyinka: Nnamdi Kanu was kidnapped

7 July 2021 Wole Soyinka spoke to the BBC about the recent abduction of Biafran separatist Nnamdi Kanu calling it a “kidnap”. The Nobel Prize in Literature winner predicted that there would be an outcry when the truth about how Kanu was captured is revealed. Kanu was reportedly based in the United Kingdom and had a British passport, while leading …

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