…says IPOB outburst diversionary
The Coalition of South East Professionals Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND), said the claim by the spokesman of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Emma Powerful that it was not only a creation of the Department of State Service but also fake and nonexistent, was laughable, adding that IPOB’s action was diversionary.
The group asked the proscribed terrorist group -IPOB to leave Nigeria’s highly treasured secret police out of their leader’s challenge for jumping bail.
Recall that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in a statement on Sunday, condemned the call for his repatriation to face his trial in Nigeria.
“Kanu described the call for his repatriation by Coalition of South East Professionals Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND) as laughable and attempted blackmail.
“The IPOB leader, in a statement signed by the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful said the group was created by the Department of State Services, DSS, to blackmail him”.
However in a counter statement by its National President, Prof. Madumere Chika, and National Secretary, Mazi Anayo Uchemba, CSEPNND, dismissed the demand of Emma Powerful for their identity and their villages, saying they would not hearken to that given what IPOB is known for.
CSEPNND dismissed the claim by the spokesman of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that neither the group nor its president, Prof. Madumere Chika was in existence.
It noted that its president was not only a well known academic scholar with many academic works to his name but also that it has its headquarters in Awka, Anambra State.
The group also challenged IPOB and its spokesman to a live press conference on the same date and time.
According to the Igbo professionals’ group, the intention of the proscribed organization was aimed at harming its famous president, his family and community hence wouldn’t succumb to the request.
The group, however, claimed that there was no human being bearing Emma Powerful anywhere in the whole world.
“Our attention has been drawn to a watery, and uncoordinated response to our call on the Nigerian authorities to request the extradition of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, from one inconsequential and pseudo-character-so-called Emma Powerful, the acclaimed spokesman for the proscribed terrorist group known as Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB which Mr. Kanu leads.
“In its response to our call for the repatriation of the IPOB fugitive leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the terrorists’ image launder did not only refer to our group as being the creation of the Department of State State Service (DSS)but also being a fake, non existing one.
“The pseudo-Emma Powerful, who has not been seen, sighted anywhere or known by an Igbo man, woman or any other person anywhere in the whole world, went further to deny the existence of our revered and famous president Prof. Madumere Chika, who is not only recognized nationally but also internationally,” the statement read.
The group added: “We hasten to state here that the IPOB’s response through the nonexisting Emma Powerful is diversionary with intent to blackmail our highly treasured DSS and the Nigerian state from doing the needful on Mr. Kanu’s repatriation.
“Ordinarily, we would not have dignified the acclaimed spokesman of the proscribed terrorist’ group with the further response so as not to accord him and IPOB any form of legitimacy in the eyes of the reading public but for the purpose of some innocent readers who may fall to Emma Powerful’s concocted lies.”
CSEPNND said: “For the knowledge of IPOB and the miscreants that throng its fold as members, we wish to inform them that we are a legitimate and independent non-violent group of Igbo professionals with our head office in Awka, in Anambra State, Nigeria.”
“We are duly incorporated with all the relevant bodies in Nigeria and have been operating since 2014.
“It is laughable for Emma Powerful, the terrorist group’s spokesman, whose real identity is a big question, to claim to know all the associations of Igbo extraction in Nigeria and diaspora as if IPOB is a Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, which have the constitutional responsibility of registering all associations in the country.
“We wonder if all associations in Igboland come to IPOB for incorporation for Emma Powerful to have knowledge of all groups from the South East,” it further said.
The group said I will continue to preach one Nigeria where peace and justice shall reign.
Noting that the Nigerian state has not been fair to Igbo people in terms of power-sharing, the group added that it will continue to make its demands for equity through constitutional means.
“Let it be clear again, that we denounce Nnamdi Kanu and his terrorist group. Kanu and his bunch of misinformed youths cannot speak for or lead the Igbo nation. We reiterate our demand for the repatriation of Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria to face his criminal trial,” the group said.
It, however, queried that apart from terrorism, kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, and the likes, what value has IPOB brought to the table in the South East?”
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