UK didn’t proscribe IPOB – British High Commission
* Says report false
* Stop feeding on lies, Kanu’s family tells FG
By Steve Oko
British High Commission in Nigeria has said that the United Kingdom, UK Government, did not classify the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organisation contrary to some media reports.
The clarification is coming on the heals of reports especially in the social media claiming that the pro-Biafra movement has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the UK.
British High Commission in Nigeria in a statement Friday, dismissed the media reports as “untrue”.
The statement obtained by Wawa News Global read in part: “We are aware of inaccurate reporting circulating in the media and online that the UK Government has added the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the UK’s list of terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law. These reports are untrue. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK.
“The inaccurate reporting relates to the 13 April 2022 publication by the UK Government of a revised Country Policy and Information note (CPIN) on separatist groups in SE Nigeria, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). CPINs provide country of origin information (COl) and analysis of COI for use by UK Government decision-makers handling particular types of protection and human rights claims.
“All asylum and human rights claims made in the UK are considered on their individual facts in accordance with our obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights, taking into account relevant background country information and case law.
“The CPIN on separatist groups in the South East, including the Indigenous People of Biafra, provides a general assessment of risks faced by individuals belonging to those groups. These assessments are based on an analysis of publicly available country information obtained from a wide range of reliable sources including media outlets; UK and other governments; local, national and international organisations; and non-government organisations.
“This CPIN also acknowledges that the Nigerian government has proscribed IPOB as a terrorist organisation, some members of IPOB have reportedly used violence against the state and members of the public, and advises that persons who have committed human rights abuses must not be granted protection.”
Stop feeding on lies, Kanu’s family tells FG
Meanwhile, the family of the detained IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has told the Federal Government to stop sponsoring lies against pro-Biafra movements.
Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu who spoke with Ikengaonline said the Presidency should advise the Media handlers of President Muhamnadu Buhari to stop feeding on lies.
He said it was amusing that the President’s Media handlers had already celebrating fake news without any attempt to verify the source.
According to him, it goes to show the mindset of the Government towards Biafra.
He noted that the President might not even be aware of the overzealousness of his Media Aides who churn out press statements without authorisation.
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