Nigeria separatists see treason charges dropped

AP News
Posted: Sep 02, 2011 8:02 AM
Nigeria separatists see treason charges dropped

Authorities say the leader of a Nigerian separatist group and several hundred of its members have seen treason charges against them dropped after they marched through east Nigeria wearing uniforms of the breakaway Republic of Biafra.

Enugu state police spokesman Ebele Amarizu said Friday that a court dropped the charges against leader Ralph Uwazuruike and members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

Uwazuruike has been detained many times by Nigerian authorities for trying to revive the struggle for the breakaway republic. He has faced treason charges in the past.

The Republic of Biafra broke away from Nigeria some 40 years ago, sparking a 1960s civil war that killed 1 million people and nearly tore the oil-rich nation apart.