France Denies Housing IPOB’s Financial Hq

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By Alex Enumah in Abuja

France has denied the allegation that the financial headquarters of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is located in the country.

The Political Counsellor, Claude Abily of the Embassy of France, in a statement in Abuja Thursday said it is shocked by the statement attributed to the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohamed, which claimed that the financial headquarters of IPOB is in France.

Abily in the statement said France is ready to cooperate with Nigeria to investigate the veracity of the federal government’s claim, adding that France as a country has been giving support to Nigeria in tackling her security challenges.

The statement read: “The Embassy of France was surprised by the statement made yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture indicating that the ‘financial headquarters’ of IPOB were in France.

“We don’t have any knowledge of a particular presence of IPOB in France and the Nigerian authorities never got in touch with the Embassy on this point. We stand ready to examine any information which could support this statement.”

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