Friday, 22 September 2017

France and UK deny Allegations that they are Sponsoring Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra

The governments of France and Britain have denied allegations that were made by the Nigerian FG , through the minister of Information, Lai Mohammed,that they are helping IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, with his activities. 

The allegations were made by the minister after the FEC meeting yesterday........
“Let me tell you, the financial headquarters is in France, we know, but you see, can you as a government stop sending money to your parents? You have to block the sources of finance that is what I said recently.

“It is incontrovertible that some people in the diaspora contribute money to IPOB. We know this as a fact. Again, there are a few knotty diplomatic issues which you need to skip. For instance, who does not know that the IPOB internal radio is located in London? We know the diplomatic moves we have been taking and approaching the UK, all the damage it has done; but they don’t see it that way. For them, it is about freedom of expression.
The British government through their High Commission, denied the allegations through  a statement by its Press and Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Joe Abuku..............
“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, recognizing that freedom of speech and expression carries responsibilities.”

A diplomatic source who corroborated the high commission's statement said: “There is no way the UK government will harbor any terrorist organization. The UK is not immune from terrorism and it is in our interest to join hands with the Nigerian government to fight the scourge."

“We can only crack down on any group if proven intelligence is made available. And even in doing that, we will act only within the ambit of the law and fundamental human rights."

“If you will recall, the British Prime Minister in June called for a global action against the use of internet space by terrorists."

”She demanded international agreements to ‘regulate cyberspace’ against terrorists.”
France also denied the allegations through their Embassy’s Political Counsellor, Claude Abily via a statement ...........
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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