The United Kingdom Government has retracted its treatment of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), recognising Nigeria’s separatist group as a terrorist organisation.
According to reports, the UK government, in a May 2022 update of its asylum policy, excluded members of the group from seeking refuge in England.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI ), in its policy notes, said:
“IPOB is proscribed as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government, and members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network (created in December 2020) – have reportedly committed human rights violations in Nigeria”
They, however, explained that any persons who have one way or the other commit human rights violations must not be granted asylum. In their words:
“Persons who commit human rights violations must not be granted asylum.”
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