Nigeria did not contact us on IPOB – UK, France

The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had on Wednesday accused both countries of aiding the activities of IPOB

The United Kingdom and France have said they were not contacted by Nigeria on the issue of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
So also did France deny providing the avenue for the funding of the activities of IPOB.
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had on Wednesday accused both countries of aiding the activities of IPOB.
Mohammed, who spoke with State House correspondents, said the UK refused to act on complaints on the activities of Radio Biafra, while those funding the activities of IPOB are largely based in France.
But the UK denied ever receiving such a complaint from Nigeria.
In a statement by the Press and Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku, the UK said: “The UK is not aware of any representation from the Nigerian government about Radio Biafra.
“Were we to receive any such request, we would, of course, consider it carefully on the basis of the available evidence, recognising that freedom of speech and expression carries responsibilities.”
The French Embassy in Nigeria equally said its government was not harbouring IPOB terrorists.
A statement by the Embassy’s Political Counsellor, Claude Abily, said there was no knowledge of IPOB presence in France.
The statement said: “The Embassy of France was surprised by the statement made yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture indicating that the ‘financial headquarters’ of IPOB were in France.
“We don’t have any knowledge of a particular presence of IPOB in France and the Nigerian authorities never got in touch with the Embassy on this point.
“We stand ready to examine any information which could support this statement.
“Furthermore, we would like to reiterate that France actively cooperates with Nigeria in the field of security and that we strongly support the unity of the country.”

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