Lai Mohammed, the minister of information, has disclosed that the financial headquarters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is located in France, Daily Trust reports.
The minister made his comments in a chat with State House correspondents in Aso Rock, Abuja, on Wednesday, September 20.
IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu
Voice of Ndigbo gathered that the minister disclosed that the pro-Biafra group collects funds from people in the diaspora, as well as from foreign countries.
He also stated that the Nigerian government had encountered issues while trying to convince the government of the United Kingdom to shut down Radio Biafra, as they (the UK government) saw the issue as being about ‘freedom of expression’.
He stated: “We have the records, we know IPOB collects money from many people from 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 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 diaspora contribute money to IPOB; where does he get his money from? We know this as a fact again there are a few very naughty 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 damages it has done but they don’t see it that way; for them (the British government), it is about freedom of expression.”
Meanwhile, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, earlier said that the agitation for Biafra was being sponsored by treasury looters and those who are politically disgruntled.
Mohammed said Nnamdi Kanu was being sponsored to incite war under the disguise of fighting for the rights of the people.