Official Document Exposes 54 Individuals Behind IPOB Activities In 22 Countries

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Official Document Exposes 54 Individuals Behind IPOB Activities In 22 Countries

Documents by Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has exposed the sources of funding for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The NFIU has also uncovered 27 cells belonging to the IPOB in 22 countries across the globe, including the United State of America and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

The NFIU said the US and the UK house the largest numbers of these IPOB cells per country, with seven and six operating IPOB cells respectively in both countries.

Details of the development were revealed in a newsletter exposing the funding of terror activities in Nigeria by IPOB, bandits, and other terror groups through global crowdfunding and on sports betting platforms.

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Recall that the Federal Government had in 2017 proscribed IPOB and designated the self-determination group a terrorist organisation.

IPOB’s leader, Nnmadi Kanu, is currently being tried on terrorism-related offences by the government.

The NFIU, in the document, titled “Counter Terrorism Financial Newsletter,” linked the running of IPOB to 54 individuals across the globe.

“The NFIU confirmed that the diaspora affiliates of the IPOB group have spread over 22 countries across the globe. Further analysis exposed 27 entities across the globe registered in the name of the group, the US and the UK had the highest number of registrations, having seven and six registered entities, respectively,” the document stated.

“The analysis further indicates that the group has several bank accounts in different countries where funds are being received from various contributors with the narrations ‘Monthly Dues, Services and for ESN’, among others, then later disbursed for various operations.

“It was confirmed that one of the major sources of revenue for the group is crowdfunding by several individuals abroad, mostly Nigerians.

“It was observed that over $160,000 was disbursed to Transmission, Media, and Broadcasting companies in Bulgaria, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

“The analysis profiled the leader of the group, his addresses, and mobile numbers abroad with other 53 individuals associated with the dissident group. The report was forwarded to Law Enforcement for further investigation,” it added.

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By Abia ThinkTank

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