The Federal Government says it will reveal the account details of those sponsoring Biafra secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
An undisclosed very senior government official told Punch that the federal government had contacted France concerning a regular large transfer of funds from France to IPOB in Nigeria.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, had revealed that France is the Financial Headquarter of IPOB, adding that the British Government was frustrating the shutdown of Radio Biafra which is based in the United Kingdom.
According to the Nigerian Government, IPOB also receives funding from; Turkey, Senegal, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United States.
Reports shows that the federal government had already asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and the Central Bank of Nigeria to put together all needed information regarding the sponsors of IPOB and hand it over to the French Government.
According to the undisclosed source said that; “The French Government has reached out to us over the IPOB matter. It said we should give it account details and any other evidence showing that France was where the majority of the money was coming from.”
“So the government has accepted the challenge and we will be instructing the NFIU, SCUML and the CBN to hand over all the details of IPOB’s funding to us in one comprehensive report which will be submitted to the French Government.”
“Since IPOB has been declared a terrorist organization by a court in Nigeria, the French Government, which claims to be against Nigeria’s break-up, is expected to give us maximum cooperation.”
“Before his arrest, Nnamdi Kanu had appealed to people of Igbo extraction in some of these countries to provide him with funds which would be used in buying weapons and bringing down the Nigerian Government,” the source alleged.
He added that; “In a video, which has gone viral on Youtube, Kanu said he needed guns. This is not hearsay.”
He noted that the government will write all the countries where IPOB’s funds come from to ensure that the source is traced and blocked.