The Nigerian authorities have imposed a curfew in the southeastern Abia state.
Activists in Abia state have been campaigning for independence and engaged in clashes with the military.
Independence campaigners demand an independent state of Biafra in Abia state.
The curfew will remain in effect until next Friday. Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu met with the top security officials of the country and urged the campaigners not to engage in violence with the security forces.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu repeated his government’s position to protect the lives of the citizens and the safety. He said that the government is determined to take the people to safety.
The governor urged to “reduce friction between the civil populace and military personnel in the state.” He said that the efforts to bridge the gap are being made.
The Abia state of Nigeria has been at a stalemate for a long time. The demand for independence has strengthened.
The Nigerian Daily Post newspaper reported on 23 July, “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said a date for the conduct of a United States of America (US) sponsored referendum for an independent state of Biafra has been fixed.”
The paper quoted the IPOB mobilizer in the US, Candy Stallworth, “Five of IPOB US Leaders will be entering the Whitehouse for the purpose of a referendum that day. We have been invited July 21st, 2017 for this glorious day.”