IPOB/BIAFRA Sit At Home News Today, Monday May 23rd, 2022
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IPOB/BIAFRA Sit At Home News Today, Monday May 23rd, 2022

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Ebonyi will not be part of Biafra —Gov Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has on once again, reiterated that the state will never be part of Biafran Republic even if agitators for the separatist country achieve their aim.

Umahi, one of the 2023 presidential aspirants on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), made this assertion on Saturday while playing host to members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), at the Government House in Abakiliki, the state capital.

While addressing a question on the Biafran agitation, Umahi who also doubles as the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, reirerated a position he took earlier in the year that Ebonyi has never been part of Biafra and will never be even if the nation is achieved.

“Even if there were to be Biafra, Ebonyi will not be part of Biafra. I have said it before and I will continue to say it,” the 2023 presidential hopeful stated emphatically.

This is not the first time Umahi would take a stance by insisting that Ebonyi is not and will never be a part of Biafra.

In January, during a reception organized for him by his political associates after declaring his presidential bid, the Governor had stated that his state will not be part of the agitation for a sovereign nation for the Igbos as it was not part of Biafra.

“First and foremost, I have been saying it, if anybody tells you about Biafra, tell them Ebonyi State will never be part of Biafra. We are not Biafra.

“We have been so oppressed and now we are finding our feet and you want us to go back. We will not. We will not. Let me make it clear for all to hear. Ebonyi State will not be part of any Biafran agitation,” the governor had declared.

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Biafra: 6 things that made UK labeled IPOB, MASSOB terrorist groups


The United Kingdom has barred the Indigenous People of Biafra, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra and other Biafran groups from participating in its asylum programme.

The British government noted that IPOB had been proscribed as a terrorist group by the Federal Government and that members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network – have reportedly committed human rights violations.


The UK, therefore, said that persons who commit human rights violations must not be granted asylum.

However, in the latest update published on its website on May 3, titled, ‘Country policy and information note: Separatist groups in the South-East, Nigeria,’ the UKVI said:

  1. IPOB is proscribed as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government, and members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network (created in December 2020) – have reportedly committed human rights violations in Nigeria and various media articles.
  2. MASSOB has been banned but is not a proscribed terrorist group in Nigeria. It too has reportedly been involved in violent clashes with the authorities.
  3. If a person has been involved with IPOB (and/or an affiliated group), MASSOB or any other ‘Biafran’ group that incites or uses violence to achieve its aims, decision-makers must consider whether one (or more) of the exclusion clauses under the Refugee Convention is applicable.
  1. Persons who commit human rights violations must not be granted asylum.
  2. If the person is excluded from the Refugee Convention, they will also be excluded from a grant of humanitarian protection.”
  3. The policy directed that decision makers must also check if there has been a previous application for a UK visa or another form of leave, noting that asylum applications matched to visas should be investigated before the asylum interview.

Biafra: UK govt denies designating IPOB as terrorist organization

The United Kingdom has denied designating the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation.

The clarification comes after it emerged that the UK sought to exclude IPOB members who have committed human rights abuses from its asylum program.

A statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, had stated that “Nigeria welcomes the decision by the United Kingdom to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.”

But the British High Commission in Abuja, in a statement on Friday, said this was not the case.

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“We are aware of inaccurate reporting circulating in the media and online that the UK Government has added the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the UK’s list of terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law,” the statement said.

“These reports are untrue. The ‘Indigenous People of Biafra’ (IPOB) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK.

“The inaccurate reporting relates to the 13 April 2022 publication by the UK Government of a revised Country Policy and Information note (CPIN) on separatist groups in SE Nigeria, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). CPINs provide country of origin information (COI) and analysis of COI for use by UK Government decision-makers handling particular types of protection and human rights claims.


“All asylum and human rights claims made in the UK are considered on their individual facts in accordance with our obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights, taking into account relevant background country information and case law.

“The CPIN on separatist groups in the South East, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), provides a general assessment of risks faced by individuals belonging to those groups. These assessments are based on an analysis of publicly available country information obtained from a wide range of reliable sources including media outlets; UK and other governments; local, national and international organisations; and non-government organisations.

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“This CPIN also acknowledges that the Nigerian government has proscribed IPOB as a terrorist organisation, some members of IPOB have reportedly used violence against the state and members of the public, and advises that persons who have committed human rights abuses must not be granted protection.”

IPOB/BIAFRA Sit At Home News Today, Monday May 23rd, 2022

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