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Nigeria separatist treason charge

Nigeria has charged the leader of a separatist organisation that has campaigned for the creation of a Republic of Biafra with treason. Ralph Uwazurike and six others denied in an Abuja court any intention to take up arms to intimidate the state. His outlawed organisation, Massob, wants a separate state, Biafra, for the Igbo people in the south-east. On Monday his supporters clashed with police in the city of Onitsha as they demanded Mr Uwazurike’s release. Authorities accused them of burning down the home of Nigeria’s late post-independence head of state, Nnamdi Azikiwe, during the protests, which they deny. The Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra (Massob) was banned three years ago. It says it is pursuing its objectives peacefully. Full Story

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