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Uboha Damia, 75, who fought for the separatists during Nigeria’s civil war, attends an event honoring veterans in Umuahia, Nigeria, May 28, 2017 (AP photo by Lekan Oyekanmi).

Their Leader Is Missing, but Nigeria’s Biafran Separatists Aren’t Backing Down

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

UMUAHIA, Nigeria—Six months after the raid, the house still lies in shambles. Its walls are pocked with bullet holes; clothes are strewn about the grounds; and the windshields of the cars on the property are shattered.

Located in the city of Umuahia, the capital of Abia state in southeast Nigeria, the house belongs to the family of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, a group that wants this corner of the country to form a breakaway nation dominated by members of the Igbo ethnic group. On the morning of Sept. 14, Kanu and other members of his family were sitting at home, witnesses say, when a detachment of Nigerian soldiers stormed the compound, shooting automatic weapons indiscriminately into the air. The IPOB says more than 20 of its members either were killed during the attack or disappeared after it. Kanu himself has not been seen or heard from since. ...

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