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JUST IN: UK To Grant Asylum To IPOB/MASSOB Members |The Republican News

Biafrans members

BY BRIDGET EDOKWE

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has released new guidelines to its decision makers on how to consider and grant asylum applications by members of Biafran secessionist groups, TheCable can report.

Asylum is to be granted to “persecuted” members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian government, and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

IPOB was formed in 2012 by Nnamdi Kanu and is believed to be an offshoot of MASSOB, which was founded in 1999 by Ralph Uwazuruike.

Both are campaigning for the secession of mainly the south-east but also several other ethnic nationalities from Nigeria.

In the just-released ‘Country Policy and Information Note Nigeria: Biafran secessionist groups’ seen by TheCable, the UKVI, a division of the Home Office, directed its decision makers to consider if a person “who actively and openly supports IPOB is likely to be at risk of arrest and detention, and ill-treatment which is likely to amount to persecution”.

According to the guidelines, the decision makers “must also consider if the [Nigerian] government’s actions are acts of prosecution, not persecution. Those fleeing prosecution or punishment for a criminal offence are not normally refugees. Prosecution may, however, amount to persecution if it involves victimisation in its application by the authorities”.

An example of persecution, the UKVI said, is “if it is the vehicle or excuse for or if only certain groups are prosecuted for a particular offence and the consequences of that discrimination are sufficiently severe. Punishment which is cruel, inhuman or degrading (including punishment which is out of all proportion to the offence committed) may also amount to persecution”.

They are also to “consider each case on its facts to determine if the person is likely to be of interest to the [Nigerian] government and whether this is for the legitimate grounds of prosecution which is proportionate and non-discriminatory”.

BURDEN OF PROOF

The onus is on the applicants to demonstrate that they will be “at risk of persecution or serious harm” in Nigeria, according to the guidelines.

In particular, the decision makers are to consider each case on its facts, taking into account: profile, size, and organisation of the group/organisation to which the person belongs and its activities
whether a person in the UK would wish to continue their activism if returned to Nigeria (if not, why not)
whether the group/organisation has a presence in Nigeria as well as outside of the country and any evidence that it is being monitored by the government
person’s profile and political activities (including those online) and relevant documentary or other evidence
profile and activities of family members
past treatment.
The UK acknowledges that the Nigerian government has a responsibility to maintain law and order, “to prevent and protect the public against acts of violence”.

It said where supporters or members of MASSOB or IPOB “have incited or used violence to disrupt public order, the government may have legitimate grounds to arrest and prosecute those people”.

“However, where the government has arrested and detained persons who, for example, peacefully participate in demonstrations and has then charged them with treason or the person is subjected to periods of detention in degrading or inhuman conditions, such treatment is unlikely to be fair or proportionate, and is likely to amount to persecution,” the guidelines noted.

The UK defines ‘Biafra’ as an area “in the south-east of Nigeria that comprises the states of Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra. The area is inhabited principally by Igbo (Ibo) people who are one of the country’s 3 largest ethnic groups”.

EVIDENCE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS APPLICATIONS

The UK, which is a signatory to several human rights and refugee conventions, believes Biafran secessionist agitations are covered by one or more of the following policies:

A person is reasonably likely to face a real risk of persecution or serious harm
The general humanitarian situation is so severe as to breach Article 15(b) of European Council Directive 2004/83/EC (the Qualification Directive)/Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights as transposed in paragraph 339C and 339CA(iii) of the Immigration Rules
The security situation presents a real risk to a civilian’s life or person such that it would breach Article 15(c) of the Qualification Directive as transposed in paragraph 339C and 339CA(iv) of the Immigration Rules
A person is able to obtain protection from the state (or quasi state bodies)
A person is reasonably able to relocate within a country or territory
A claim is likely to justify granting asylum, humanitarian protection or other form of leave, and
If a claim is refused, it is likely or unlikely to be certifiable as ‘clearly unfounded’ under section 94 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.
However, decision makers are directly to still consider all claims on an individual basis, taking into account each case’s specific facts.

TheCable has contacted the Nigerian government for comment.

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BREAKING: IPOB Ready To Deploy ESN To North Over Threat By Miyetti Allah|The Republican News

Eastern Security Network Operatives

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Sunday declared that the Eastern Security Network, ESN, will soon storm the Northern part of Nigeria.

IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful stated this in response to claims that Miyetti Allah was planning to deploy 5, 000 security operatives to the Southeast to protect herders.

Powerful described the plan as an insult which would not be allowed to stand in the Southeast.

The IPOB spokesman warned that the group would take drastic actions if such step is taken.

A statement by Powerful reads partly: “The attention of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, has been drawn to the threat by MIYETTI ALLAH to deploy 5000 jihadists to Biafra land to protect their cows and herders following the floating of Ebubeagu security outfit by South East governors.

“We consider this utterance as an insult to the entire Biafra and won’t tolerate it despite our grievances against the treacherous South East governors and the political elite.

IPOB members during protest

“The South East Governors must understand that federal government of Nigeria sponsored Miyetti Allah to make this reckless utterance. The earlier they understand that IPOB is not their problem, the better. They should stop betraying us but appreciate our sacrifices in the defense of our ancestral land.

“The Miyetti Allah and their terrorists group should know that they shouldn’t play God for ever. They are trying to provoke ESN and IPOB to take a drastic action. IPOB and ESN are running out of patience with their insults. They should retrace their steps now! Let them come, we are waiting for them. Soon they will see ESN in the North.”

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“Theatre Of The Absurd By A Joker Seeking Attention”, FG Replies Asari Dokubo |The Republican News

Asari Dokubo

The Federal Government has described the reported formation of Biafra Customary Government by Asari Dokubo as a “theatre of the absurd by a joker seeking attention’’.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the development in Lagos on Monday, the Minister of Information, and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)’s regime will not be distracted by the absurdity.

“I am sure you have heard of the theatre of the absurd, that is the best way I can describe it.

“If Asari Dokubo wants to form and run a fathom government, I think he is free to do so.

“This administration will not be distracted because we still have a lot to do.

“We are not ready to give any attention or time to a joker like Dokubo who is just looking for attention.

“We will just take it as one of these entertainment things.

“The beauty about Nigeria is that it is never a dull country, you must have one thing or the other to entertain you,’’ he said.

Dokubo, leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force reportedly announced himself as the leader of the new Biafra Customary Government.

The fathom government was announced with names of some leaders by one Uche Mefor, who claimed to be its head of information and communications. (Text, excluding headline, courtesy The PUNCH)

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Hand Over Eastern Security Network To S’East Governors, Uwazuruike Tells Nnamdi Kanu |The Republican News

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Chief Ralph Uwazuruike

Ralph Uwazurike, leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has warned that Igbos cannot afford another war.

Uwazurike spoke at a press conference in Owerri, Imo State capital on Monday.

He also cautioned leader of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against inciting Igbo youths against the nation’s security agencies.

Uwazurike warned the South-East to shun Kanu’s agitation, NAN reports.

He described the IPOB leader as a “nobody, who only wants to put them in harm’s way”.

“Those agitating for war know they can’t defeat Nigeria but they want to enrich themselves, so they have continued to deceive our youth.

“Igbo’s cannot afford to go to another war with Nigeria and at no point should they be incited into hostilities with the rest of Nigeria.

“Mobilising youths against their leaders and constituted authority is what we should guard against because we cannot defeat Nigeria,” Uwazurike said.

The MASSOB leader advised the governors to take over the Eastern Security Network (ESN) to ensure the outfit was not deployed for mischievous purposes.

Uwazurike suggested that the network be trained and equipped and made to work in synergy with the police and other security agencies. (Source: Punch)

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I’m In War With Nnamdi Kanu Because I Don’t Want Nigeria To Break Up —Pa Adebanjo |The Republican News

L-R: Nnamdi Kanu and Pa Ayo Adebanjo

An Elderstateman and Afenifere Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, has explained that his grouse about the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is his insistence on the secession of the South-East region in the country.

Adebanjo said that breaking away is never a challenge confronting the country but the constitution.

The Afenifere leader said this during the Never Again Conference 2021 themed: 51 Years After The Nigerian-Biafran Civil War organised by the Nzuko Umunna of the Igbo Think Thank, held via the zoom on Thursday afternoon.

He noted that the constitution currently in use is not a representative of everyone in the country, adding that it gives so much power to the North and this speaks to why they want to be in power for a very long time.

“I am in war with Nnamdi Kanu because I don’t want this country to break.

“Instead of thinking of break-up, we should tackle the root cause of the problem.

“The root cause of the problem is our constitution which is not a true reflection of the yearnings of all the people in the country.

“Now that the North is in control, they want to continue to be there because they are enjoying from the lopsided and fraudulent constitution.

“The Constitution has made our President the most powerful president in the world,” He said.

Meanwhile, the Elderstateman said that there would not have been agitation for secession if the constitution had reflected an aggregated opinion of all and sundry in the country.

“If there is a constitution that is a true reflection of everyone in the country, there will be no agitation.

“There will be no ground for Nnamdi Kanu to want to get away,” he said.

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Those Agitating For Biafra, Oduduwa Are Miscreants, Not Different From Boko Haram —Sheikh Gumi |The Republican News

Those Agitating For Biafra, Oduduwa Republics Are Miscreants Not Different From Boko Haram — Sheikh Ahmad Gumi

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has described those agitating for Biafra and Oduduwa republics as miscreants akin to the Boko Haram sect terrorising the country,

There have been calls for secession in the various parts of the country over allegations of marginalisation.

But speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Saturday, the cleric described such people as miscreants who should not be taken seriously.

Gumi claimed that Nigerians are committed to having a united country, noting that the opinions of a few people championing the division of the country should not be taken seriously.

He said: “I usually give an example of General Murtala Muhammed, the former head of state from Kano, that was assassinated by the Buka Suka Dimka-led group. He had a Yoruba wife. So, where do you want his children to go if the nation is divided? Are they going to be with the Yorubas or Hausas in the North?

“Look, let’s forget these useless youths. They’re no more different from these herdsmen. These people agitating for Oduduwa, Bifafra or Arewa are all the same group of people with Boko Haram.

“The majority of Nigerians want to stay with Nigeria. And if they are in doubt, let’s have a referendum. Look at elections, for instance, millions of votes from all the states, whether from the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party. This means that Nigerians are ready to stay with a united Nigeria. That is an indirect referendum which shows that the people are ready.

“So, all these youths that are making noise, whether Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram, Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra and their Oduduwa counterpart, they are just a tiny minority of Nigerians using ethnic, archaic and retrogressive sentiments to destabilise the nation.

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The Issue Of Biafra Is Beyond You To Decide Alone —Prof. Obiozor Warns Nnamdi Kanu |The Republican News

Ohanaeze President General, Prof. George Obiozor warns Nnamdi Kanu that the issue of Biafra is beyond him to decide alone

Prof. George Obiozor, the new President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo has cautioned Nnamdi Kanu to understand that Igbo nation isn’t at war with anyone.
The Igbo leader made this known during a World Press Conference at Ohaneze Ndigbo Secretariat in Enugu on Wednesday, 20th January, 2021.

He warned that Biafra Nation is beyond Nnamdi Kanu to decide alone and advised that all utterances and actions that put the Igbos in harms way must be avoided as Diplomacy is the best way to go.

In his words: “The Igbo Nation in Nigeria isn’t at war with Nigeria and has nothing pending before any institutional authority in Nigeria or diaspora that demands a separate existence from Nigeria.

” Nnamdi Kanu is one of us and he must listen to some of us for several reasons. The fact and realities are that the issues of Biafra are above and beyond his capacity to decide. He must listen because he’s one of us and we’re all in this dilemma together. And our mutual and collective responsibilities are sacred and must be respected.

“Consequently, all actions or utterances that put Ndigbo in present and imminent danger or harm’s way must be avoided.

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We Are Yet To Locate Eastern Security Network Officials, Camp In South-East —Nigeria Police |The Republican News

The police are on the ground and are monitoring every development. But we have not found any ESN official or camp anywhere.

The Nigeria Police Force has described as propaganda the recently launched Eastern Security Network, saying its operatives have yet to locate any ESN official or camp in the South-East states.

However, the police added that it would not relent in monitoring and nipping in the bud crimes and suspected criminals in the region and nationwide.

A top police spokesperson, who did not want his name in print, stated this in an interview with SaharaReporters, noting that the police could not find any evidence at the moment.

“Has any of your reporters come across any ESN official on the road, or in the street or anywhere in the South-East? The police have not found anyone. It is all propaganda and publicising the propaganda will make them achieve their objective to seek popularity.

“The police are on the ground and are monitoring every development. But we have not found any ESN official or camp anywhere.”

On Wednesday, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra had posted photographs of food supplies that it would give to ESN operatives deployed to villages to flush out bandits and other criminals.

IPOB had stated that this gesture was carried out in about four local government areas of Ebonyi State.

“IPOB from four LGAs in Ebonyi North contributed (money) and bought these food items for our ESN operatives. The IPOB leaders noted that the food supplies would be utilised by the ESN operatives while defending the state against the Fulani bandits and terrorists,” an ESN official had noted.

SaharaReporters had, last week, reported that the Nigerian Army’s aircraft and soldiers were combing some forests in the South-East states where the ESN, recently launched by Nnamdi Kanu, is said to be camping.

From the drones and hidden cameras believed to be installed by the ESN, a video captured the Nigerian Army helicopters and their vehicles and soldiers searching for the camp of the ESN to make arrests.

Kanu, a leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, on December 12, launched the ESN, saying the regional security outfit, just like Amotekun in the South-West, would help to tackle insecurity in the region. (SaharaReporters)

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Igbo People Cannot Unite For Presidency Yet Talk About Biafra —Chimamanda Adichie |The Republican News

Author: Chimamanda Adichie

BY STEPHEN KENECHUKWU 

Chimamanda Adichie, an award-winning author, says the Igbo people can’t unite towards selecting a Nigerian president — in what appears to be a dig at the “terrible leadership in the southeast”.

She bared her thoughts about the now-defunct secessionist state of Biafra in a recent interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a television personality.

The 43-year-old writer said she fears her people won’t be able to unite politically should it come to selecting an Igbo president.

According to her, the Igbo people need to rethink how they strategise politically before talking about secession.

“There is no Biafra. There are new movements but, for me, it’s a question of being practical. Where would the border be? What is propelling these movements is a sense of marginalisation, which I think is completely valid,” she said.

“But this idea that the answer is independence is what I’m not convinced of. Nobody has made a logical case for me. Quite frankly, I’ve observed the terrible leadership that we have in the southeast (scoffs).

“Igbo people cannot unite if, for example, we say we want an Igbo president. And then we’re talking about Biafra. There is a lot of political work we need to do in the southeast.

“We need to do a  lot of rethinking on how we strategise politically before we can talk about Biafra.”

Speaking of the status of the feminism movement in Nigeria with regards to the Igbo subculture, the novelist said that one of the things she battles with is what she termed the “misogynistic” tendencies of many cultural practices in the east.

“There are things I quarrel with, in Igbo culture. It’s misogynistic, as are many cultures. That’s the problem. The world is misogynistic. At my father’s funeral, they showed where the widow (my mother) would sit,” she explained.

“And they showed where the sons in the extended family (umunna) would sit. That’s where those coming would go to present whatever they bring. It’s the sons’. And that was the end. My father had three daughters.

“There was no place for them. I raised the question and a man in my umunna said we would have to loiter around. There’s a problem with that. There’s a woman who apparently is going to run for governor in Anambra state.

“I’m having a conversation with a group of people and what they’re saying is, ‘Can a woman rule Anambra?’ Do you need a dangling organ to rule a state? It’s hard enough for both and female politicians.

“But women have this additional problem of perception, a reason for which many people won’t vote them. Igbo culture is just not very good when it comes to gender. Culture as we have it are rules men made to benefit men.

“In my hometown, I seem to have this status of an ‘honorary man’ and that’s because of my achievements. People adapt when they see some benefits to it which means that it’s changeable. It’s engraved on the stones.”

Chimamanda had earlier put out a short story titled ‘Zikora‘. When quizzed on whether or not she’s writing a new novel, the author said: “I’m writing now. I write where I can. My life in the US is quieter.

“So I write when I’m in the US. I’m trying to write (a new book). It’s important for me to protect my writing time.

“What I can tell you is that, because of old age, I’m now a much slower writer. When I was 22, another writer used to say I was writing one story on one hand and another on the other hand.

“I was churning these things that they’ll tell me rest. But, now? Old age my God! I write a paragraph that I’m happy with, in a week. It’s that bad o. It doesn’t necessarily matter where I’m writing but what’s happening at the time.


“It matters that I have silence and space. Now that I’m a mother, it also matters that I feel comfortable about where my daughter is and whether or not she’s getting care.” (The Cable)

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SHOCKING: “I’ll Unite All Terrorist Groups In The North Against Igbo, Yoruba If Kanu Doesn’t Dissolve ESN In 7 Days” —Yerima Shettima

Yerima Shettima

The leader of Arewa Youths group has given IPOB leader seven days to dissolve the Eastern Security Network or he do the unthinkable.

Yerima also berated the Yoruba leaders for supporting Nnamdi Kanu and promised to be ruthless against them when he finally leads his army.

In his words;

I have watched the video of the so called Eastern Security Network formed by Nnamdi kanu. I welcome this challenge and I will tell Nnamdi Kanu that he is a learner.

I will assemble my own warriors including all the terrorist groups operating in the north to be ready.

If after seven days, this so called Eastern security Network is not dissolved, then we will March to Igbo land.

As for the Yorubas who are the most stupid and treacherous tribe in Nigeria, we are going to see them in a dimensions they won’t imagine for this betrayals.

Seven days from now, Nigeria will become something else and we are ready for division but before then, we the northern warriors will show Igbos and Yorubas why we are being feared all over the world!

He stated.

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