SPONSORS OF IPOB
The Nigerian government on Wednesday named sponsors of secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The government named France as the main sponsor. Spokesman for the government, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in Abuja that IPOB was also obtaining funds from looters in Nigeria and some Nigerians in diaspora. He however refused to disclose those involved.
Mohammed said, “We have the records, we know IPOB collects money from many people in diaspora. They collect money from many people in Nigeria, they collect money from some foreign countries, this is clear.
“Let me tell you, the financial headquarters is in France, we know. But you see, can you, as a government, stop people sending money to their parents? You have to block the sources of finance; that is what I said recently.
“It is incontrovertible that some people in diaspora contribute money to IPOB. Where does he get his money from? We know this as a fact.”
“In tackling IPOB again, there are a few very naughty diplomatic issues which you need to skip. For instance, who does not know that the IPOB international radio is located in London? We know the diplomatic moves we have been taking and approaching the UK and all the damage it (Radio Biafra) has done but they don’t see it that way; for them, it is about freedom of expression.”
Mohammed insisted he had evidences the group headed by Nnamdi Kanu is a terrorist organisation.
“I think anybody, who has watched Nnamdi Kanu’s videos, knows that anywhere he goes, he openly solicits arms and funds. I have a lot of quotations from him as to the violent nature of IPOB.
“In one of his videos, he said if he was arrested, his boys should burn down the country”, he added.