Radio Biafra Europe’s location finally discovered
What has been on the lips of many Nigerians for several years, has been where Radio Biafra is located.
The Radio station is a network of internet-based amateur studio, broadcasting the agenda of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
But over the weekend, the Cable News Network, CNN revealed its discovery of the station in a tucked away quiet, leafy street in Peckham, southeast London, the registered address of the group.
CNN described the place as a suburban spot, saying that it is the unlikely location of Radio Biafra.
An organization working to prevent war, the International Crisis Group, has described Radio Biafra in 2015 as “an unlicensed station urging violent struggle to achieve independence for Biafra” with broadcasts that are “highly provocative messages laced with misinformation, hate speech, and anti-Nigeria derision.”
But, before his most recent arrest in Kenya in June, Kanu’s supporters used the Peckham house for Radio Biafra broadcasts, according to Darlington Imoh, who answered the door when CNN visited in August.
He describes himself as the “officer of output for the Biafran campaign.”
Imoh says all IPOB is calling for is the right to self-determination. He compares it to the devolution votes held in Scotland and Wales in 1997, and more recently, Brexit.
“We want a referendum, which is a civilized thing to ask for, just like Britain had with Europe,” he says.
But analysts say that is very unlikely to happen.
“The Nigerian government will be afraid to allow a referendum to happen. And the fact that it will be afraid to allow a referendum to happen shows just how deep the problem is,” says Remi Adekoya, a political analyst and associate lecturer at the University of York in the UK.
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