style[amp-boilerplate] Why Kanu's Radio Biafra is still operational in London -British government

Why Kanu's Radio Biafra is still operational in London -British government

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- The United Kingdom states that it has continued to habour Radio

Biafra because Nigeria has not officially requested its closure

- The UK said it is not officially aware of any request by the

Nigerian government

- 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

expression." 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



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