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Reports from south-eastern Nigeria say businesses have closed in several cities as separatists mark the 51st anniversary of the abortive declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra.

Reports from south-eastern Nigeria say businesses have closed in several cities as separatists mark the 51st anniversary of the abortive declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra.

The streets are empty and shops and banks are closed in several cities - including Nnewi, Onitsha, Aba and Umuhia - after the Indigenous People of (Ipob) group urged people to stay at home today.
The police and the military are, however, patrolling the streets.

Ipob's roots can be traced to the independence declaration of Biafra on 30 May 1967 which led to the Nigerian civil war in which more than one million people were killed.

The Igbo often complain of marginalisation and many of them have supported secession.

Nigerian authorities have labelled Ipob a terrorist organisation.

Its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is facing treason-related charges.

He has not been seen in public since September when his house was raided by the Nigerian military. The military denies arresting him.

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