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Nigeria: Will the arrest of IPOB’s Nnamdi Kanu end Biafra agitations?

By Chinedu Asadu
Posted on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 18:32, updated on Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:53

Biafrans in Trafalgar Square protesting against the Nigerian Government and demand the release of many Biafrans including Prince Nnamdi Kanu. Biafrans protest, London, UK. 30 May 2018. Photo by Matthew Chattle/REX/Shutterstock

Nnamdi Kanu, the self-acclaimed freedom fighter and leader of a secessionist organisation demanding the Igbo ethnic group breaks away from Nigeria to form an independent Republic of Biafra, was arrested while abroad and extradited back to Abuja on Tuesday 29 June. But could his detention change the course of Biafra tensions?

Updated on 1 July 

It happened fast and unexpectedly.

Just as Nigerians were trying to digest the shocking news of Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest, the Nigerian government quickly arraigned him in court where a federal judge declared that he be remanded until 26 July when his trial is scheduled to resume.