Wednesday 20 September 2017

'Twenty dead, scores missing' after pro-Trump demo in Nigeria

US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office during his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office during his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A Nigerian separatist group said 20 people have died after a demonstration in support of US president Donald Trump led to clashes with police.

Friday's rally in the southern Rivers state was organised by the Indigenous People of Biafra, which wants Mr Trump to support the creation of an independent Biafran state for the Igbo people.

Member Ugochukwu Chinweuba said lawyers are working to locate and release those arrested by police. He said more than 200 people are still missing.

Nnamdi Omoni, a spokesman for Rivers state police, denied that anyone was killed but said 65 people had been arrested.

Neither of the competing accounts could be independently verified.

One million people died in the 1967-70 civil war over efforts to create a Biafran state.

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