An Igbo activist group has identified the younger brother of the proscribed IPOB as the one behind the Monkey Pox vaccine hoax in the South East.
An Igbo socio-activist group, the Igbos for Nigeria Movement [INM], says it has uncovered the person behind the recent Monkey Pox vaccine hoax with sole aim of causing disaffection between the Military and the residents.
According to National President of the INM, Mazi Ifeanyi Igwe, the person behind the rumours is Emmanuel Kanu, the younger brother of the leader of the now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB] Nnamdi Kanu.
Mazi Igwe says Emmanuel is the faceless person behind the hoax that has caused serious disaffection between the Military and the people of the South East region of the country.
The group has, therefore, urged the Federal Government through law enforcement agencies to stop IPOB from continuing to create panic across the country even after it has been outlawed as a terrorist organization.
INM further demanded a thorough investigation of any financial transactions between people of Igbo extraction in government and IPOB since this would amount to financing terrorism.
Mazi Igwe who spoke in Abuja at a press briefing on Wednesday, October 17, 2017, lamented that the latest round of propaganda by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, has also done untold damage to the Igbo cause with his allegation that soldiers were forcefully injecting students with virus as the fear of vaccines created by the hoax could potentially make parents avoid life-saving vaccinations.
Mazi Igwe called on relevant security agencies to unravel the true identity of whoever is posing as Emma Powerful since no such entity has ever come forward at any of the various fora that had been convened to discuss the marginalization of the Igbo nation.
"The brazen way this character continues to tell lies that terrorizes the populace, especially the Igbos, is because he is using a fake identity.
Look at the trauma he put parents through in the South East with the hoax about the Monkey Pox virus and how soldiers were injecting school children with it, which turned out to be false but the panic spread across the whole place nonetheless.
Now, in future, parents will be reluctant to vaccinate their children against diseases like measles, polio and other preventable childhood killer diseases; it is Igbo children that will die as a result of this mischief of spreading fake news.
The source of the fake news has been established as IPOB's spokesperson, who goes by the alias of Emma Powerful, whom we have found out to be Nnamdi Kanu's brother.
He signed the statements asking parents to take their children from school, alleging that soldiers were forcefully ejecting pupils with killer viruses.
It is the same terrorist that has been inciting IPOB members to attack anyone that goes out to vote in the Anambra State governorship election in November.
A large chunk of IPOB's hate messages come from this faceless individual. The thing that is even more of concern is that it has been said severally that there is nobody like Emma Powerful who is merely an alias for Emmanuel Kanu, the junior brother to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
It will interest you to note that in the hours and days after IPOB members confronted soldiers on Operation Python Dance II, if one compares the utterances and interviews by Emmanuel Kanu with statements by Emma Powerful, the conclusion would be to challenge law enforcement agencies to repeat the same exercise and arrive at their own conclusions.
I, therefore, call on the relevant law enforcement agencies to draw on the relevant provisions of the anti-terrorism legislation in the country to unmask the identity of Emma Powerful to end his reign of terror that has caused unnecessary panic in our states," Igwe demanded.
He further noted that the Federal Government, the military and security services owe Nigerians explanations on how it was possible that a group that has been designated a terrorist organization by the court in line with the anti-terrorism law continues to issue statements like a legal entity.
Igwe went on to accuse governors of the five South East states of playing to the gallery with their proscription of IPOB since the group continues to freely operate in their jurisdictions after the proscription including issuing the statement that caused panic with a warning that a state of emergency may eventually be declared in the region because of their lukewarm attitude.
Igwe warned that IPOB will not stop causing problems in the South East if certain political office holders and top businessmen do not stop funding the outlawed terror group.
He stressed that law enforcement agents must immediately conduct a thorough investigation of any financial transactions between Igbo people in government and IPOB since this would amount to aiding and abetting terrorism financing.
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