The Department of State Services, DSS, has accused the Indigenous People Of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network of acquiring bombs and explosives from Lagos state with the intention of using them to destabilize Imo State.
DSS stated that it received intelligence that the explosives were being moved in articulated trucks from Lagos to a hideout in Orlu, Imo State.
This is contained in a letter the DSS sent to the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, dated April 26, 2021.
The letter with reference number S.238/5/1538, signed by I. Abdullah on behalf of the Imo State DSS Director, was titled, ‘Movement of explosive devices into the state by IPOB/ESN’.’
The letter read, “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.”
However, the Brigade Commander was advised by the DSS to ensure that security operatives search all trucks coming into the State.
Reacting to this on Wednesday, IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, denied the allegation, stressing that there was no iota of truth in the “allegation coming from the Zoo agent”.
The IPOB leader said, “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 these Zoo people accuse us of.”