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November 11, 2015 | Uhuruspirit

Pro-Biafran activists march for the release of Nnamdi Kanu

Protests launched last weekend by pro-Biafra activists over the continued detention Nnamdi Kanu, an activist who supports the creation of a breakaway state of Biafra, has continued in different parts of Nigeria.

The director of banned Radio Biafra was arrested last month and is still being held despite a court order to free him, his supporters say.

Nigeria's former Eastern region had seceded in 1967 to form the Republic of Biafra following the genocidal killings of Easterners, mostly ethnic Igbos, in different parts of the country.

More than one million people lost their lives during a three-year civil war that ended in 1970.

Secessionist groups have attracted the support of many young people in the south-east in recent years amid claims that the region and its people have been unfairly treated by successive Nigerian governments.

On Tuesday, police in Nigeria’s oil hub of Port Harcourt fired shots and teargas to disperse hundreds of pro-Biafra supporters as they marched for the release of the detained activist who is also the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Activists said that five people were killed and several others injured after police fired shots and teargas to disperse the protesters in Port Harcourt - the largest city in the region.

But police spokesman Ahmad Muhammad said this was untrue.

"Measures have been put in place to handle the situation in such a way that public peace is not disrupted and to ensure life and property are protected," he told the AFP news agency.

Protests were also held on Tuesday in the city of Owerri in Imo state, a day after the region's biggest market in the city of Aba was reportedly shut down by protesters.

The protests started peacefully on Friday in the oil-rich Delta state and has since taken place in five other major cities in the region.

The demonstrators are mostly young men holding Biafra flags and banners with pictures of Mr Kanu.

The protesters have vowed not to give up until Nnamdi Kanu is released.

It is not clear where Radio Biafra is based but it mainly broadcasts to the Igbo-speaking south-east of the country.

The 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.

DIRECTOR of Radio Biafra and leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu

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