The Federal Government possibly has discovered more sources where funding of the operations of Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People Biafra (IPOB), going by the revelation of a top Presidency official.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had last Wednesday, declared that the sources of funds for IPOB had been traced to France and the United Kingdom.
But Senior Special Assistant to the president on Diaspora Affairs, Honourable Abike Dabiri, who spoke with Sunday Tribune at the sideline of the ongoing 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, disclosed that foreign sources of funds for the secessionist group were more than the two already named by government.
As stated by her: it is now easier for government to discover by investigation the group’s sources of funds and block them, unlike before the government declared it as a terrorist organization.
Dabiri noted that the declaration of the group as a terrorist organization followed a careful and accurate investigation by the federal government.
She disclosed that these sources had been known to the Federal Government for over a long period, “But now, the Federal Government has finally nailed it. Knowing is the first line of success. So, it is tracing those funds and working with those countries. Adding that now that government had acted convincingly by declaring IPOB a terrorist group, the funding countries had no choice but to cut off the support.
According to her, the issue was the focus of discussion between the Federal Government and Nigerians in the Diaspora during recent meeting in the United Kingdom.
She said: “These sources of funds have been known for a long time to have been coming from the Diaspora. But I think after proper investigation, Nigeria has always known that the issue has been from abroad, the funding was from abroad.
“Now that IPOB has been declared a terrorist organization, it will be easier to block its sources of funding, because, for any terrorist organization, you need to deal with that.
“We actually addressed this issue in London, because it was obvious that support was coming from abroad. In fact, Nigerians in the Diaspora spoke about this and they themselves started their investigation and research.
“Dabiri maintained that countries that are the sources of funds for IPOB may not have been aware of the questionable ventures they were utilized for.
On stopping individuals abroad who may be remitting money to the group, Dabiri said that was left for the financial institutions to tackle.
She further said: “I think the financial institutions know how to do it. It is easy to trace money and to know where it is going to.
“So, that will be left for the institutions to deal with. Once you know and you know where this is going to, I think it is easy to deal with.