- The UK government has designated the indigenous people of Biafra a terrorist group
- The UK government’s decision was included in a new statement, which outlines the policy guidelines for its decision makers to grant asylum to persons associated with IPOB, MASSOB or a Biafra group
- According to the policy, the group and their paramilitary wing , Eastern Security Network, have been implicated in human rights abuses in Nigeria
Members of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) , the movement for Realization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and other Biafran groups have been removed from the UK’s asylum program.
The Punch reports that the UK government’s latest directive, the On the 3rd of May published on its website, said the IPOB had been banned by the Nigerian government as a terrorist group and that its paramilitary wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), had reportedly committed human rights abuses.
In the policy, entitled ‘Country Policy and Information Notice: Separatist Groups in South East Nigeria’, the UK Visa and Immigration Service said that asylum should not be granted to any person or group who commits human rights abuses.
In March 2021, the UK Government had issued guidelines asking their decision makers to consider IPOB members for asylum.
UK guidelines and -Guidelines to support asylum decision makers
The guidelines stated that any member of the group who actively and openly supports IPOB is likely to He is at risk of arrest, detention and ill-treatment, which likely amounts to persecution.
However, recent guidelines admitted that the group and its paramilitary wing , which was established in December 2020, have reportedly committed human rights abuses in Nigeria in various media articles.
The new policy reads:
“MASSOB was banned but is not a banned terrorist group in Nigeria. She too was reportedly involved in violent confrontations with the authorities.
“If an individual with IPOB (and/or an affiliated group), MASSOB or any other ‘Biafran’ group who instigates or uses involved violence, in order to achieve their goals policy makers need to consider whether one (or more) of the exclusion clauses of the Refugee Convention applies.”
The UK Government found that people perpetrators of human rights abuses shall not be granted asylum and that if such a person is excluded from the Refugee Convention they will also be excluded from being granted humanitarian protection United Kingdom
According to the Directive, decision-makers are expected to check whether there are previous applications for a UK visa or other form of leave from such a person on.
It has been said that visa-linked asylum applications should be appropriately investigated before an asylum interview is scheduled, as establishing a conventional reason is not sufficient to be recognized as a refugee.
Furthermore, the UK government said that for a successful asylum application each case must be considered on the basis of facts, taking into account the legal status of the Profile, size and organizations to which the person belongs and their activities.
Decision makers also need to take into account whether a person in the UK wishes to continue their activism , if she returns to Nigeria (if not, why not) and whether the group/organization has a presence both in Nigeria and outside the country, and any evidence of this is being monitored by the government.
you should also take into account whether the person’s profile and political activities – online or offline – his or her documentary evidence; Profile and activities of family members, previous treatment of the individual and evidence that their activities in the UK may have come to the attention of Nigerian security authorities.
According to the policy, decision makers should also check whether the person supports and is active for IPOB, a group banned in Nigeria, and whether they fear prosecution rather than persecution.
“Responsibility lies with the individual to demonstrate that their profile and activities are of interest to the government and subject to serious harm or persecution.”
Full list: Southeast governors under fire , as Nnamdi Kanu’s family unveils 8-point demand on FG
Family members of imprisoned Biafra Indigenous Peoples (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu had d en southeast governors accused of sabotage.
Kanu’s younger brother Emmanuel said the IPOB leader made an eight-point demand from the federal government when he (Kanu) approached the Raid on Southeast Governors hit late father’s palace.
Speaking on behalf of the Kanu family, Emmanuel sought explanations from the Southeast Governors for their failure to grant Kanu’s demands to the FG submit as agreed by the parties involved.
Nnamdi Kanu: Soludo advises FG, reveals 2 actions to be taken against IPOB leader
Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo had advised the federal government on how to deal with Nnamdi Kanu’s case.
Soludo said the trial of the IPOB leader should be expedited so that he will be sentenced or released by the court.
The governor of the B The state of Anambra also spoke about establishing a truth and reconciliation body to address the uproar in the southeastern region.