Onitsha Agog As Nigerian Gov’t Frees Detained IPOB Members

Onitsha Agog As Nigerian Gov’t Frees Detained IPOB Members

By City Editor | The Trent on August 14, 2016
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Pro-Biafra activists, IPOB, wave flags in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, February 28. Pope Francis greeted the activists as indigenous peoples of Biafra during his Angelus address. | Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

There was huge celebration in Onitsha following the release of detained members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

The Nigerian government, through the office of the attorney-general and minister for justice, Abubakar Malami, has released members of the pro-Biafra secessionist group in its detention.

The move by the government sparked jubilation in the eastern Nigerian city of Onitsha.

The released pro-Biafra activists were arrested by several security agencies in Aba, Abia State in February, 2016 during a peaceful rally conducted by the group.

The release of the IPOB members was confirmed in a statement issued by the group’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful.

Emma Powerful said all the pro-Biafra group members under the leadership of incarcerated Nnamdi Kanu commends the attorney-general of the Federation and all those who contributed to the release of its detained members.

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