Nigeria blocks Radio Biafra station aimed at breakaway state

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Posted: Jul 16, 2015 9:22 AM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria says it has banned Radio Biafra because it is unlicensed but the station dedicated to creating a breakaway state remains on the airwaves.

People in southeastern Nigeria confirmed Thursday that the station is broadcasting in the area that is home to the Igbo people. The Igbos fought a civil war to form an independent nation called Biafra in the 1960s that killed about 1 million people, mostly Igbos from conflict-induced famine.

Unresolved causes of the war and results including the appropriation of property that has not been returned remain a sore point and groups including Radio Biafra continue to agitate for independence. Many Igbos who fled into exile have not returned home.

The Ministry of Information announced Tuesday that the National Broadcasting Corp. had jammed Radio Biafra's signals.