France to cooperate with Nigeria after IPOB is declared a terrorist group
- The federal government said France will cooperate with Nigeria over IPOB's funding
- It said apart from France, the group's cash flow comes through six other countries
- It promised to write those countries too to block the group's account
The federal government has revealed that France is ready to cooperate with Nigeria after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was declared a terrorist group.
Legit.ng had reported that Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, had said that IPOB’s main account was in France and that it was from there that fund was being disbursed to members.
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France however responded that the country has no knowledge of IPOB’s financial operation.
The Punch reports that a very senior government official said the federal government had reached out to France that it was not accusing it of supporting IPOB but that the group was disbursing fund from it.
The government said it has instructed the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and the Central Bank of Nigeria to compile the needed information on the sponsors and hand it over to the French government.
The source said: “The French Government has reached out to us over the IPOB matter. It said we should give it account details and any other evidence showing that France was where the majority of the money was coming from.
“So, the government has accepted that challenge and we will be instructing the NFIU, SCUML and the CBN to hand over all the details of IPOB’s funding to us in one comprehensive report which will be submitted to the French Government.
“Since IPOB has been declared a terrorist organisation by a court in Nigeria, the French Government, which claims to be against Nigeria’s break-up, is expected to give us maximum cooperation.”
Apart from France, it was revealed that IPOB’s cash-flow also came through six other countries.
They are: Turkey, Senegal, Malaysia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the United States.
The source said the aforementioned countries will also be sent reports.
“Before his arrest, Nnamdi Kanu had appealed to people of Igbo extraction in some of these countries to provide him with funds which would be used in buying weapons and bringing down the Nigerian Government.
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“In a video, which has even gone viral on Youtube, Kanu said he needed guns. This is not hearsay.
“We will also be writing these countries informing them of the need to ensure that IPOB’s source of funding is traced and blocked,” the source added.
Chief Okoi Obono-Obla who is the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution has insisted that the IPOB remains a terrorist organisation.
The Punch reports that the presidential aide was reacting to the United States and the European Union’s position that the group was not a terrorist organisation.
Watch the activities that was daily happening in Nnamdi Kanu's home before IPOB was proscribed: