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Biafra because Nigeria has not officially requested its closure
- The UK said it is not officially aware of any request by the
- Lai Mohammed had said Nigeria made moves to get the radio shut down
The British government has said its refusal to shut down Radio Biafra,
an arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is not deliberate,
but that it has not received any request to that effect.
The United Kingdom said there was no request from the Nigerian
government to have the radio shut down.
The denial was made by the British high commission, in a statement by
its press and public affairs officer, Joe Abuku.
The short statement said: "The UK is not aware of any representation
from the Nigerian government about Radio Biafra.
"Were we to receive any such request, we would of course consider it
carefully on the basis of the available evidence, recognising that
freedom of speech and expression carries responsibilities."
The statement could be a reply to Lai Mohammed, the Nigerian
information minister, who was quoted as saying the British government
had continued to allow the radio despite the damage done by Kanu and
Mohammed had reportedly said: "Who does not know that the IPOB
internal radio is located in London?
"We know the diplomatic moves we have been taking and approaching the
UK, all the damages it (Radio Biafra) has done, but they don't see it
that way, for them (the British government), it is about freedom of
CAMPUSNAIJA.info earlier reported that the government of France has
denied any links with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the
group seeking a referendum to carve out a separate country in the
southeast region of Nigeria.
The report stated that the federal government of Nigeria which
launched a brutal military clamp down on the separatist group last
week, subsequently proscribed and declared it a terrorist