Biafra shutdown cripples Nigerian cities- BBC

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States claimed by Ipob for an independent Biafran stateA stay-at-home protest by Biafran separatists in Nigeria has crippled cities and towns in the south-east.

Streets are empty and markets, banks and schools are closed to mark the abortive attempt in 1967 to gain independence for the region.

It led to a bitter three-year civil war in which more than one million people were killed.

Timber market in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

The authorities have warned the secessionists against street protests and security forces are on patrol.

In the last few years, there have been a resurgence of support for a breakaway state of Biafra led by the banned group Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (Massob).

The BBC Igbo service says there has been a total shutdown in the Igbo heartland of Enugu and Anambra states.

The southern oil city of Port Harcourt as well as parts of Abia state have also been affected by the stay-away.

Niger River Bridge in Onitsha

Source- BBC

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