Dancers in the former Biafra in 1970
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1970: Nigeria marks end of the Biafra civil war

24 September 2010 Last updated at 16:04 BST

On 30 May, 1967, the head of the Eastern Region of Nigeria, Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, unilaterally declared the independent Republic of Biafra.

The Biafran forces were pushed back after initial military gains.

More than two years later, after one million civilians had died in fighting and from famine, Biafra was re-absorbed into Nigeria.

Martin Bell reports from the former Biafra in October 1970.

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