IPOB: Kanu’s legal team to write UK over alleged terrorism link

The legal team of the Indigenous People of Biafra has said they are writing to the United Kingdom over the alleged wrongful link of the group with terrorism.

A member of the legal team, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who is a lawyer to the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, disclosed this on Saturday.

He said the “purported designation” of IPOB as a terrorist organisation was “a wrong narrative ostensibly orchestrated by mischief makers.”

He said the IPOB legal team will in the coming days “make formal representation to the UK Government on this subject via the British High Commission in Nigeria.”

Ejiofor, in a statement on Saturday, reminded the UK government that the proscription of IPOB was a subject of a lawsuit pending before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.

He noted that the case would be coming up on October 12, 2022, for definite hearing.

“Therefore, all foreign governments are persuaded not to rely on largely fabricated publications on the pages of Nigerian newspapers in arriving at such a far-reaching decision, which is capable of endangering millions of innocent lives, who are being persecuted in Nigeria for being members of the IPOB.

“Following the UK Government’s update vide the UKVI, which is clear and unambiguous in every respect, the direction contained in the referenced update is that IPOB-affiliated applicants seeking asylum status in the UK should not be considered on the merit of such claims without a thorough review of their level of involvement in uncivil activities.

“Obviously making reference to the proscription of IPOB in Nigeria, and relying on such sub-judicial subject to insist that the granting of asylum status on the basis of IPOB-related persecution claims, can no longer be as a matter of course.

“It is pertinent to point out that the leadership of the IPOB has severally distanced the peaceful movement from the increasing violent activities of some blood-sucking monsters going on in the South-East under the name of unknown gunmen, and in most cases, offered to join in the fight against these monsters.

“The leadership of IPOB has never supported the nefarious activities of these enemies of our people, neither have they, in any of their publications, approved such inhuman and barbaric activities of the unknown gunmen.

“In the coming days, the IPOB legal team will make formal representation to the UK government on this subject via the British High Commission in Nigeria, accompanied with verifiable facts and evidence, to persuade the UK government to review their recent position.

“For clarity, the government of the United Kingdom has not designated the IPOB as a terrorist organisation, rather, reference was made to the proscription of the organisation in Nigeria and also the heinous crimes being perpetrated by some dissidents in the South-East, which said crimes are totally condemnable and have nothing whatsoever to do with the IPOB, which is a peaceful, non-violent self-determination group. The IPOB remains a lawful and peaceful movement,” the lawyer said.