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UK Replies Nigeria Over Asylum To IPOB, MASSOB (See Details)

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The United Kingdom has defended its decision to consider granting asylum to members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Aprokorepublic has learned.

According to PUNCH, the British high commission in Nigeria said the UK provides protection to those who need it, in response to the federal government’s criticism of the move.

The Punch had published a report that the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) had released new guidelines on how to treat asylum applications by members of Biafran secessionist groups.

In the guidelines, asylum is to be granted to “persecuted” members of MASSOB and IPOB, which had been designated as a terrorist organisation in Nigeria.

But Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had kicked against the move which he said amounts to sabotaging Nigeria’s fight against terrorism.

“Against the background of the fact that IPOB is not only proscribed but also designated as a terrorist organisation here in Nigeria, the UK’s decision is disrespectful of Nigeria as a nation,” Mohammed had also said.

In its response to the minister’s comments, the British High Commission said it considers asylum to Nigerians seeking one “on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations.”

“The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it, in accordance with our international obligations under the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights,” PUNCH quoted the high commission to have said.

“Our country policy and information notes are published on the gov.uk website. They are kept under constant review and updated periodically – an update to the Biafra separatist note is expected shortly.

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“We publish them since our decisions can be appealed in the immigration courts, which are public, so it is clearer and fairer for all involved (applicants, their lawyers, judges, stakeholders such as the UNHCR) to know what our position and evidence base is.”

Meanwhile, IPOB had said it wants a referendum on self-determination for the south-east of Nigeria not asylum.

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See the reason Peruzzi said he has not gone to church since he met Davido

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Tobechuckwu Victor Okoh aka Perruzi has revealed that he has not gone to church since he met Davido.

He pointed out immediately that he believes in God even if he had not been to church for that long. He said he was a keyboardist and chorister back then. That is about four years ago since he met Davido.

According to him he had always seen himself as a star before he met anyone in the music industry. He always made sure to wear original things and wasn’t cut off for living a fake life.

He was already branding himself before Davido met him. He also stated he wouldn’t be doing music for ever as he have other plans for himself.

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See what Nigeria Customs did to Iseyin residents in a bid to rescue their officers

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Residents of Iseyin said five persons were shot dead while some we’re injured when customs men opened dire on some vehicles suspected to be loaded with foreign rice.

But the customs service in a statement claimed hoodlums hired by rice smugglers attack their officers and Injured some of them in the process.

According to customs their officers acted in self defence when that unfortunate incident happened. They were trying to rescue one of their members who was about to be abducted by the hoodlums.

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JUST IN : ‘I Killed Job Seeker, Ini Umoren in Self-Defence’ – Uduak Akpan

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The suspected killer of Ini Umoren, the fresh graduate who met her death while hunting for job, says he took the lady’s life in self-defence.

Speaking with journalists while he was paraded by the Akwa Ibom Police Command on Friday, Akpan Uduak said he had wanted to have sex with her but she hit her and he returned the favour.

“I asked her whether she could work in a farm where hard drugs were kept; she said she could”.

“I asked her that I would like to have sex with her before she left. She agreed and gave a condition that I would have to use condom, which I did.

“While I removed the condom, she became furious and removed the nearby stabilizer to hit me on the head… While I was bleeding, in order to stop her, I used the stabilizer to hit her. When I hit her, she fell.”

Uduak, who claimed he hit the victim with a pressing iron, also atmitted at a point that five other ladies had suffered a similar fate in his hands, although none died.

In his own account, Uduak’s father claimed he was not aware of his son’s criminal activities until he was invited to Uran Police Station.

“I wasn’t aware, I’m not happy about it,” he said. “I was asked to call him and I called him back. When he arrived, I was allowed to interact with him. He told me he did something wrong and that he was sorry. I blamed him: ‘Why did you do this? You are not my only child; I have two other children and they are women. If anybody does this to your sisters would you be happy?’ He said no.”

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Addressing journalists during the event, Andrew Amiengheme, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, debunked claims that there were shallow graves and bones at the crime scene.

“There are no shallow graves anywhere; there are no bones anywhere,” he said. “That is the truth. But if anybody can show me any shallow grave there, go and show me. But I know there are no shallow graves.”

 

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