The United Kingdom (UK) has clarified that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the UK however said only IPOB members involved in violence will be denied asylum.
The clarification by the European country where IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is a citizen, became necessary as multiple media reports claims the UK barred IPOB, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and other pro-Biafran groups from participating in its asylum programme.
“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,” a statement by the British High Commission said ok Friday evening.
“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).
“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.”
The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.