Asylum For IPOB: UK Pulls Down Plan
The United Kingdom (UK) has pulled down its asylum policy in relation to the outlawed pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Home Office said the policy is being reviewed and will be uploaded once ready.
The decision affects other pro-Biafra groups like the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Nations League (BNL).
In an email sent to Radio Now recently, which was signed by Hannah Dawson, Senior Communications Officer-Newsdesk at the Home office, the British government said the policy is being evaluated and will be uploaded once it is ready.
The email sent by Hannah Dawson is in response to Radio Now’s query, and request for an interview on the original policy which apparently, offered protection to members of groups, at least one of which have been proscribed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, and also stand accused of being behind recent attacks against policemen, soldiers, and government infrastructure in the South-Eastern and South-Southern part of Nigeria.
The UK government did not, however, give a time-frame as to when the updated policy will be uploaded to their website.
In spite of this latest update, IPOB – led by diaspora-based Nnamdi Kanu – has told the UK that referendum – and not asylum – is what it desire.
IPOB – agitating for the breakup of Nigeria – reiterated its freedom quest in an official statement, in reaction to the plan by the UK to grant asylum to its members.