UK Responds to FG, Explains Why It’s Granting Asylum to Persecuted IPOB &MASSOB members
The United Kingdom (UK) has responded to the Federal Government regarding the recent issue of granting Asylum to persecuted members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). The response was reportedly given through the British High Commission, Abuja.
You may recall that it was recently announced that the UK will be granting Asylum to members of IPOB and MASSOB who qualify. Both groups are based in the Southeastern part of Nigeria, predominantly occupied by Igbo people.
The announcement by the UK was shortly followed by a response from Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who called it a Disrespect to Nigeria.
The Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer, British High Commission in Abuja, Christopher Olaoluwa Ogunmodede was however contacted following the minister’s response and he reportedly explained the reason behind the move.
According to Ogunmodede, the United Kingdom is blessed with a proud history of giving protection to people who are in need of it. Ogunmodede added that the UK does so in accordance with it’s international obligations under the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Explaining further Ogunmodede said, “All asylum and human rights claims from Nigerian nationals are carefully considered on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations.”
He however stated the official website where UK policy and information notes published (gov.uk), adding that they’re kept under constant review and updated periodically.
Ogunmodede revealed that an update to the Biafra separatist note is expected shortly on the website
On why they’re published Ogunmodede said, “We publish them since our decisions can be appealed in the immigration courts, which are public, so it is clearer and fairer for all involved (applicants, their lawyers, judges, stakeholders such as the UNHCR) to know what our position and evidence base is.”
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