Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The french government has denied the information credited to the Minister of Information, Alhaji lai Mohammed that the Financial headquarters of the proscribed Indeginous People of Biafra (IPOB) is located in France.
Political Counsellor, Claude Abily of the Embassy of France in a statement made to newsmen in Abuja yesterday said it was taken aback by the statement attributed to Minister of Information, Lai Mohamed which claimed that the financial headquarters of IPOB is in France.
Abily, noted that France actively cooperates with Nigeria in the field of security and that they strongly support the unity of the country.
The statement read in part “The Embassy of France was surprised by the statement made Thursday by the Minister of Information and Culture indicating that the ‘financial headquarters’ of IPOB is in France.
“We don’t have any knowledge of a particular presence of IPOB in France and the Nigerian authorities never got in touch with the embassy on this point. “We stand ready to examine any information which could support this statement.
“Furthermore, we would like to reiterate that France actively cooperates with Nigeria in the field of security and that we strongly support the unity of the country.”
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had on Wednesday at a news conference in Abuja, claimed that the financial headquarters of IPOB is in France. According to the minister, available records showed that the IPOB was getting money both from the Diaspora and at home.
He said: ‘We have the records, we know IPOB collects money from many people from diaspora, they collect money from many people in Nigeria they collect money from some foreign countries, this is clear. “Let me tell you, the financial headquarters is in France, we know, but you see, can you as a government stop sending money to your parents? You have to block the sources of finance that is what I said recently. “It is incontrovertible that some people in diaspora contribute money to IPOB, where does he get his money from. We know this as a fact again there are a few very naughty diplomatic issues which you need to skip”, he said.