The leader of a separatist movement advocating for the independence of Biafra from Nigeria has reportedly been arrested in Lagos. The Biafran territories were independent from Nigeria from 1967 until 1970 and re-annexed to the African nation following a civil war that killed between one and three million people.
It is believed that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) and director of London-based radio station Radio Biafra, was apprehended by the Department of State Services (DSS) after he had flown from the UK, where he lives.
According to a Twitter handle affiliated with Radio Biafra, Kanu was arrested at the Golden Tulip Essential airport hotel on Sunday (18 October). IBTimes UK contacted the DSS, but has not received a response at the time of publishing.
The spokesperson for the Nigeria defence, Rabe Abubakar, was unable to confirm the arrest. An Ipob member who spoke with IBTimes UK under condition of anonymity said on Monday morning (19 October): “I can confirm to you that Nnamdi Kanu was detained illegally by the Nigerian DSS agents. He has not been released.” Read more