FG behind demand for Kanu’s extradition – IPOB
By Our Reporter
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the federal government of creating a group it describes as ‘fake’ to spearhead the advocacy for the extradition of its exiled leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to face treason and felony trial.
IPOB dismissed the Coalition of South East Professionals’ Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND), which wrote a letter to the government on January 9, 2021 urging it to write the governments of the United Kingdom and Israel and request for Kanu’s repatriation to Nigeria to face treasonable felony trial, as a ‘faceless group’.
Kanu, who reacted to this latest campaign to extradite him Nigeria, which he fled in September 2017, in a Radio Biafra chat on January 11, 2021, dared the federal government to ask members of the group to hold a press briefing if they actually existed. Kanu later retweeted a post by an IPOB member who labelled the group as fake. The tweet posted by one Aloy Ejimakor reads: “LEGAL NOTICE: On 9th Jan. 2021, a group named ‘Coalition of South East Professionals Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND)’ called for EXTRADITION of @MaziNnamdiKanu. Today, I received a due diligence report that shows that such group DOES NOT EXIST. It’s fake! It’s fraud!”
It will be recalled that the group had, in the open letter to the government dated January 9 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, explained that its call for immediate extradition of the IPOB leader was predicated on Kanu’s ceaseless treasonable activities.
The letter jointly signed by the group’s national president, Prof. Madumere Chika, and national secretary, Mazi Anayo Uchemba, also alleged that the “IPOB leader is hiding under the cordial relationship between the two nations and Nigeria to plan and launch attacks on Nigeria with a view to destroying it.”
Describing Kanu as a fugitive who escaped the law after being granted bail following his arrest and detention over treasonable felony, the group insisted that Israel and the UK could turn in the IPOB leader given that he was in the nation’s wanted list.
In also reacting to the coalition’s open letter, IPOB, through its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, described the letter as ridiculous and disgraceful, insisting that the group was fake and created by the Nigerian government.
In its official reaction to the statement on January 11, IPOB said through its national publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said the call was a confirmation that Kanu had become a nightmare for the Nigerian government.
The statement reads: “The use of fake and non-existent groups and associations by agents of the Nigerian government in a laughable attempt to blackmail our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. (It) is a confirmation that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) is the greatest nightmare of the failed government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We find it amusing that a purported statement was circulated and credited to another Department of State Services-manufactured, non-existent group they named Coalition of South East Professionals Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND).
“Why DSS has chosen to continue to disgrace itself by creating these fake groups is beyond human comprehension. Such a weak and tactless strategy will not distract us. If indeed such a group exists, why can’t they conduct a live press briefing to convince the people of Biafra they are real by showing us their faces?
“If the self-acclaimed leaders of CSEPNND, the imaginary Professor Madumere Chika, and Mazi Anayo Uchemba, are not robots but truly Igbo sons as they claimed, let them mention their communities and kinsmen.
“It’s high time the DSS left Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB alone.”