The Department of State Services(DSS) has alleged that the the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the security outfit of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has acquired bombs and explosives with which they intended to destabilise Imo State.
According to DSS, it received intelligence that the explosives were being moved in articulated trucks from Lagos to a hideout in Orlu, Imo State.
The Punch reports that DSS stated this in a letter signed by I. Abdullah on behalf of the Imo State DSS Director, and addressed to the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State.
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.”
The DSS, therefore, advised the Brigade commander to ensure that deployed security personnel carried out thorough search on trucks coming to the state.
Reacting, IPOB denied the allegation that it was moving arms and other weaponry into Imo to destabilise the state.
It stressed that there was 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.
Emma Powerful, IPOB’s Director of Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement 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 Television, 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.