There are strong indications that the federal government of Nigeria has uncovered a slush account in Paris, France to which some Nigerians have made huge deposits in support of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Nation reports that following intelligence reports, the federal government has also uncovered how some IPOB members have invaded Nigerian embassies in Hong Kong and Spain and created some scenes in the last 72 hours.
Quoting security sources, the news outlet said the development was an indication of the desperation of IPOB and the justification for the proscription of the organisation.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had earlier accused the British and French government of aiding the pro-Biafra group led by Nnamdi Kanu.
But the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer denied the allegation even as he met on Friday with the country’s Minister of Information and Culture.
Although the outcome of the meeting between the two leaders was kept at bay from newsmen, Gauer was said to have reassured the federal government that France would not support any terrorist group.
It was learnt that the French government promised to take action as soon as the IPOB’s slush account was known to it.
Speaking in confidence, a top security source said: “Intelligence gathering has led to the discovery of an account in Paris into which some Nigerians in the Diaspora remit funds to support IPOB.”
“From the said account, funds were being drawn for the activities of IPOB at home and abroad. The relevant security agencies did a thorough job and provided incontrovertible evidence on the basis of which the government proscribed the terrorist organisation.”
“These Nigerians in the Diaspora are using France as a clearing house.”
“Investigations also confirmed inflows into the account from Holland, Hungary, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey, Singapore and other parts of Europe.”
“In fact, a football tournament was recently organised in Senegal to raise funds for IPOB.”
“As a matter of fact, the account is being used to get money from a lot of people in the Diaspora.”
“What many Nigerians did not know is that the Minister of Information and Culture was talking on the basis of a credible intelligence report.”
Attending to a question, the source said:
“With cooperation by the international community, especially relevant countries, we will soon get the list of all the people remitting funds into the account in Paris.”
The source further said that the government was also concerned that IPOB members were becoming desperate after the clampdown on the terrorist group.
The source said: “IPOB members are becoming desperate in the last 72 hours. About two days ago, some members of the terrorist group breezed into our Embassy in Hong Kong under the pretence of renewing their passports but ended up staging a protest.”
“The IPOB members also demonstrated at our embassy in Spain a few days ago.”
The latest disclosure is coming at a time when the United States government said it does not consider the pro-Biafra group as a terrorist organisation.