Tension as Biafra marks 50 years since independence bid

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militants and members of the Yahveh Yashua Synagogue (Yisraelities Biafra Region) celebrate Shabbat in Umuahia, on May 27, 2017. PHOTO | MARCO LONGARI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • People in the southeast have been urged to stay at home to commemorate the secession, which happened on May 30, 1967.
  • In 1970, after nearly three years of fighting, Biafran soldiers who were outnumbered 10 to one by federal troops and under-equipped, laid down their arms.
  • Half a century later, Biafra remains an extremely sensitive subject in Nigeria.

UMUAHIA, Nigeria


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