The Nigerian government on Friday evening asked the United Kingdom (UK) and allies of the African country in the West to confiscate assets belonging to members and funders of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that in a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the UK and other foreign countries were told to seize IPOB resources, close their communication channels, and sanction the issuance of visas to IPOB’s funders in Nigeria.
IPOB, led by Nigerian-British citizen, Nnamdi Kanu, is agitating for an independent nation of Biafra.
“We rely on our allies in the West for their support,” Shehu said.
“IPOB’s – and its 50,000 strong paramilitary unit’s – reign of terror has seen villages butchered, school buses set alight and politicians’ homes bombed. Through their international network of radio and TV stations, they threaten further violence if their demands are not met, while inciting violence and religious and ethnic tension between Nigeria’s Christian and Muslim populations.
“Their mouthpieces and their wallets are their most effective tools – it is these assets Nigeria’s allies must target next. And there is no time for complacency.”
The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.