IPOB Protesters Search For Buhari In London Hospital


Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the United Kingdom stormed the Royal London Hospital White Chapel, on Thursday in a peaceful protest in search of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel is suspected to be the hospital where the President is receiving medical treatment for his ear infection.

The Protesters who were holding posters and flags believed that Buhari was still receiving treatment in the hospital, and therefore came to protest against the alleged ill-treatment of Biafra advocates.

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One of the protesters demands was the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in detention since 2015. Photos of the protest were shared through one of the IPOB social accounts.

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader and director of UK-based Radio Biafra, is standing trial on six counts of treasonable felony charges.

Pro-Biafrans call for the independence of Biafran territories forcibily annexed to Nigeria during British colonisation. The movement has gained renewed momentum following Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest in October 2015.

Ipob protesters in london hospital

President Buhari who had two weeks ago embarked on a 10-day trip for medical treatment to the United Kingdom, to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a persistent ear infection, was scheduled to return back to Nigeria on June 16, Thursday.

But on Thursday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo announced that Buhari had extended his sick leave and will now return to Nigeria on Sunday as against Thursday.

Citing reasons for the extension, VP Osinbajo said there was no need for Buhari to rush back to Nigeria. Osibanjo said he spoke with the president over the phone, disclosing that he was in good condition, very well, and just needed more rest.

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Buhari was last seen on June 13, Monday, hosting Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury in London. The president is expected back home on Sunday and will resume his duties on June 20, Monday.