The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to reports that its account in the United States was closed over alleged fraudulent activities.
Clarifying on the matter on Thursday, Chika Edoziem, IPOB head of directorate said the account served as a “worldwide” platform for members of the group to pay their monthly contributions.
He said the account was closed after unknown persons reported that it was being used for questionable activities.
Edoziem said IPOB closed the account after it received a report from the bank that some “yet to be identified persons” accused it of fraudulently operating the account.
He said another account has been opened to serve the same purpose, adding that members are advised to comply with the new platform.
“That the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra worldwide, Nnamdi Kanu, authorised the opening of the IPOB USA, families were instructed to pay in their monthly contributions,” the statement reads.
“That this same USA national account was also designated by our leader as the account for ESN (Eastern Security Network) worldwide contributions.
“Following a report to the bank by yet-to-be identified persons that this account is fraudulent, the bank requested that the account be closed.”
IPOB was declared a terrorist organisation in 2017 by a Federal High Court in Abuja which proscribed it on the request of the Nigerian government.
Kanu, its leader was arrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria to face charges of treason.
He was subsequently arraigned before Binta Nyako, a Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja who asked him to be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the court in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.