The Department of State Services has said the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has acquired bombs and explosives and planned on moving them from Lagos State to Imo State.
The intelligence service claimed that it received intelligence that the explosives were being moved in articulated trucks to a hideout in Orlu, Imo State, in a bid to destabilise the state.
The DSS raised the alarm in a letter dated 26 April, signed by I. Abdullah on behalf of the Imo 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 advised the Brigade commander to ensure that deployed security personnel carried out a thorough search on trucks coming to the state.
But IPOB has denied the allegation by the secret intelligence police that it is moving arms and weapons to the state.
Speaking in an interview on Wednesday, Emma Powerful, IPOB’s Director of Media and Publicity, insisted that the “allegation coming from the Zoo agent” is false.
“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,” Powerful told the Punch.