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Vol 59 No 21

Published 26th October 2018


Nigeria

The flight into Israel

The leader of the supposed Igbo independence movement, Nwannekaenyi 'Nnamdi' Kenny Okwu Kanu, seems to have turned up in Israel after going on the run from a trial in Nigeria. Israel denies all knowledge of his presence. His Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) organisation has been subject to a joint military and police operation, 'Python Dance', aimed at squashing it. The campaign has led Amnesty International to claim human rights abuses have been committed by government forces. Commentators in Nigeria are concerned about the possibility of 'Igbo nationalists' and various militias that used to be active in the Niger Delta being paid by poiticians to foment violence in the coming federal general elections.

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