’11 killed’ at IPOB Trump rally

Chidi Samuel with agency report

A rally in Port Harcourt, South- South, Nigeria by a separatist group – the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) – in support of US in-coming President Donald Trump has turned violent.

Hundreds of people from different states in the south-east and south south marched to the city asking for the creation of Biafra state.

Security forces tried to stop them, resulting in clashes.

AT least people are reportedly killed in southeastern Nigeria during celebrations to mark the impending inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump. The reports of the deaths are yet to be officially confirmed.

IPOB’s English news website said “over a dozen” fatalities had been recorded at the rally and more than 100 arrests.

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A photographs posted on an IPOB Twitter account showed a bloodied still body lying on a stretcher.

Several social media sources also published photos of participants bearing placards in support of the president-elect one of which read: “Trump you are our victory congratulations”.

Other photos showed crowds waving the US, Israeli and Biafran flags.

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu has been in prison since October 2015 when he was arrested charged with “criminal conspiracy, intimidation and membership of an illegal organisation”. The case is yet to be resolved.