DSS accuses IPOB of moving bombs, explosives from Lagos to Imo
The Department of State Services (DSS) says the Eastern Security Network (ESN) operated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) seeks to destabilise Imo State with bombs and explosives it has recently acquired.
The secret police disclosed this in a letter titled, ‘Movement of explosive devices into the state by IPOB/ESN’ and addressed to the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State.
DSS’s letter revealed that the bombs and explosives were being transported in articulated trucks from Lagos to a secret location in Orlu, Imo State.
Recall that a joint team of DSS, police and army personnel eliminated the Commander of ESN, Ikonso and six of his lieutenants in Oru East LGA of the state last week.
The operation occurred around the same time as the razing of Governor Hope Uzodinma’s home in the council by unidentified hoodlums.
Barely two weeks prior, the Imo State Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Centre were attacked by unknown gunmen.
DSS said that the acquisition of the bombs and explosives was to attack security agents and facilities.
“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 secret police advised the Army to ensure that all trucks arriving the state were thoroughly checked.