The government of the United Kingdom has made a U-turn on its treatment of members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), recognizing Nigeria’s classification of the group as a terrorist organization.
UK government excluded members of the group from seeking refuge in England. Following widespread killings and acts of lawlessness, the Nigerian government designated IPOB a terrorist group in 2017.
But some foreign countries, including UK, which IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, holds its passport, did not acknowledge the declaration at the time.
However, four days after the outlawed group beheaded an army couple, who were on their way to Imo State for their traditional wedding, UK acknowledged IPOB as a terrorist organisation, directing that it should be excluded from its asylum programme.
Although the killing, which sparked nationwide outrage, was not among the atrocities of the Nnamdi Kanu-led terror group the UK listed in its policy review document, the action was taken a few days after the murder.