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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

60 Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members remanded in Prison



The Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Afara Federal Prisons in Aba, according to reports from the Nation Newspaper.

The Indigenous People of Biafra members were among those arrested in the clashes with security officials which eventually led to the secessionist group being declared a terrorist organisation.

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is seeking an independent Igbo country of Biafra, while its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is currently being prosecuted for alleged treason.

After the clashes in Abia which also led to the death of a police officer and burning down of a police station, the group was proscribed by the South-east governors and alter declared a terrorist organisation by a federal court following an application by the federal government.

It was earlier reported in a police statement that arrested Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members would be prosecuted for arson and murder.

On Monday, the counsel to the suspects challenged the jurisdiction of the court. The suspects were arraigned for alleged conspiracy, terrorism, attempted murder, and membership of unlawful society. The case was later adjourned till October 25.

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