Posted on Wed 18 Oct 2017, 02:57 PM

Igbos for Nigeria Movement, INM a socio-activist group has declared that Emmanuel Kanu, the younger brother of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu is the face behind the recent Monkey Pox vaccine hoax in the South East region of the country.

Parents in some states in the South East had rushed back to pick their children from school after hearing stories about the Nigerian military spreading the Monkey Pox virus to children in schools. 

Although the Nigerian Army responded ny clarifying the reasons for the free medical outreach to schools, the INM group has declared that Kanu is responsible for spreading the stories about the military spreading the Monkey pox virus.

The INM also asked the Federal Government to take steps to stop the proscribed IPOB group from continuing to create panic across the country while demanding a thorough investigation of the financial limks between government officials who are igbos and the IPOB groups.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, the INM's National President, Mazi Ifeanyi Igwe called on relevant security agencies to unravel the true identity of whoever is posing as Emma Powerful as there was no such person recognised by the igbo nation in their public discourse.

In his words, "the brazen way whoever this character is continues to tell lies that terrorizes the populace, especially Igbos, is because he is using a fake identity. Loot 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 jiller diseases; it is Igboo 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. He signed the statements asking parents to take their children from school alleging that soldiers were forcefully ejecting pupils with killer viruses. It was the same terrorist that has been inciting IPOB members to attack anyone that goes out to vote in 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 that fugitive from justice and 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 legislations in the country to unmask the identity of Emma Powerful to end his reign of terror that has caused unnecessary panic in our states,”


By Joseph Odeh

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