The government of the United Kingdom says only violent members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will be denied asylum in Britain.
The UK government also denied reports that it designated IPOB, a terrorist organisation.
Reacting to reports claiming that the UK added IPOB to its list of terrorist groups, the British High Commission (BHC) in Abuja, said the British government only acknowledged Nigeria’s classification of the group.
Atinuke Akande-Alegbe, a BHC spokesperson in a statement said “all asylum and human rights claims made in the UK are considered on their individual facts in accordance with our obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights, taking into account the relevant background country information and case law”.
The high commission added that IPOB members who have committed violent crimes in Nigeria would not be granted asylum.