The British Government has said that the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) is not a terrorist group under the British law.
The British government position was made known through the spokesperson of the British High Commission in Nigeria , Joseph Abuku.
Responding to questions on the British government position on the proscription of the group as a terrorist group, he said the UK government was not a proscribed organisation under the British law.
“The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a proscribed organisation in the UK” the mission spokesperson stressed.
Abuku said, “We do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.
A decision to proscribe an organisation must be based on a belief that it is concerned in terrorism as defined in the Terrorism Act 2000, and it must be proportionate.”
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The United States had earlier maintained a similar position by saying it does not consider IPOB a terrorist organization while restating that America favours a peaceful resolution to the looming crisis.
The American Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, had said, “Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tension and peaceful resolution of grievances.
The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.”