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DSS accuses IPOB, ESN of smuggling bombs through Lagos


DSS accuses IPOB, ESN of smuggling bombs through Lagos

The Department of State Services on Wednesday alleged that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s and Eastern Security Network are shipping some hard-wired bombs and improvised explosive devices into the country.

The DSS stated that it received intelligence that the groups are planning to cause mayhem in Imo State with the explosives they recently acquired.

The secret police also disclosed yesterday that the said arms and weaponry were being moved in articulated trucks from Lagos to a hideout in Orlu, Imo State.

This was contained in a letter issued by I. Abdullah on behalf of the Imo State DSS Director to the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State.

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The DSS letter with reference number, S.238/5/1538 and dated April 26, 2021, was titled, ‘Movement of explosive devices into the state by IPOB/ESN’.’

“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 letter stated.

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The DSS, therefore, advised the Brigade commander to ensure that deployed security personnel carried out thorough search on trucks coming to the state.

In reaction, IPOB has denied the allegation that its foot soldiers were moving arms and other weaponry into Imo to destabilise the state.

The group’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful 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.

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“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.