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Solomon Uchenna Egbo calls for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the Ipob leader and human rights defender detained earlier this year by the Nigerians
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Demonstrators outside Downing Street in July this year demanding the release of Nnamdi Kanu
Imagine if Nigel Farage had been arrested in the US and flown back to London without any due process of extradition, or Nicola Sturgeon had disappeared from the streets of Paris only to turn up in a holding cell at Paddington Green police station, and each faced treason charges. All because they had called for a referendum. Well, that’s exactly what has happened to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), the movement that, in recent years, has taken the lead on self-determination for Biafrans. Kanu’s principal demand is a referendum.
Over 100 years ago, the people of Biafra were forced into a union with other west African peoples by the British colonial administration. The British called that union Nigeria. The peoples making up Nigeria were never comfortable bedfellows. They shared nothing in common except British colonial rule. Ever since independence, Biafrans have sought to secede from Nigeria. They fought and lost a devastating war in which millions were killed or starved to death for this dream. They have suffered beatings, imprisonment and murder for it. Kanu has been imprisoned and tortured for it.
Kanu is being held in solitary confinement in a detention centre where torture is commonplace
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Demonstrators outside Downing Street in July this year demanding the release of Nnamdi Kanu
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Kanu is being held in solitary confinement in a detention centre where torture is commonplace
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Colonial administrators in Lagos, Nigeria, with messengers from the interior
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An Ipob supporter joins members of the Yahveh Yashua synagogue celebrating Shabbat outside the residence of the movement’s leader Kanu in Umuahia
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Banners and candles are displayed in Abidjan during a ceremony commemorating the Biafran war from 1967 to 1970
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Kanu at a trial in 2016 where he is accused by the state of ‘propagating a secessionist agenda’ with the intention to ‘levy war against Nigeria’
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Free Biafra demonstrators gather in Whitehall demanding the release of Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo
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The ravages of the Biafran war killed almost 2 million people, most died from hunger and disease
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A pro-Biafra supporter holds a poster of jailed activist Kanu
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Boris Johnson has written to Nigeria’s President Buhari regarding Kanu’s case
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