While the crisis in Imo State elongates, the Department of State Services – DSS has disclosed that the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network has acquired bombs and explosives with which they intend to put Imo State in further chaos.
The DSS stated in a letter to the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, that the explosives were been moved in a disguised truck from Lagos to Orlu in Imo State, as received in an Intelligence.
The DSS letter with reference number, S.238/5/1538 dated April 26, 2021, was signed by I. Abdullah on behalf of the Imo State DSS Director.
The letter which was titled, ‘Movement of explosive devices into the state by IPOB/ESN’ reads, “Intelligence revealed that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network has acquired bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices with which to further their subversive activities.
“It was reliably gathered that the newly acquired items are currently being conveyed from Lagos to an unconfirmed location in Orlu Local Government Area.
“The items are being concealed in articulated/heavy duty vehicles to beat security checks along the road. It was further revealed that the group intends to deploy the explosives in their planned attacks on security/government installations across the state.”
The DSS, therefore, advised the Brigade commander to ensure that deployed security personnel carried out thorough search on trucks coming to the state.
Responding to allegation, the proscribed IPOB denied that such, did not exist.
They further stressed that there is no iota of truth in the “allegation coming from the Zoo agent” called Department of States Security, adding that anybody or institution was free to say whatever they liked about IPOB.
The group’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, stated this in an interview with Punch’s correspondent on Wednesday.
“What the DSS is saying is a huge lie. There is no iota of truth in what that Federal Government-sponsored Zoo and Caliphate agent is saying. Now, did you listen to my interview with Channels Televisions, two days ago?
“It’s just like the question the Channels Television guy asked. He asked me, ‘Who is sponsoring IPOB?’ I told him there was no single individual sponsoring IPOB. IPOB is a very gigantic movement.
“There is no truth in that allegation. Where are we moving the arms to and from where? I don’t think it is wise to continue to reply whatever this Zoo people accuse us of,” Powerful said.
In a related development, the Ministry of Interior has directed the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr Ahmed Audi, to liaise with the airport authorities to scale up security at the nation’s airports.
The directive followed a security alert on impending security threats to the airports from the Ministry of Aviation.
This was contained in a letter dated April 15, addressed to the Commandant-General, and signed on behalf of the minister by the Director, Joint Services, P. Egbodo.
When asked about the steps taken to secure the airports on Wednesday, the NSCDC spokesman, Olusola Odumosu, promised to find out. But he had yet to respond as of the time of filing this report.