- Amid the unrest in the southeast, the DSS says it has uncovered IPOB's plan to further destabilise Imo state
- The secret police said the proscribed group has acquired explosives and it is moving them from Lagos to Imo
- To avert the impending crisis, the DSS alerted a military unit in Owerri to thoroughly search vehicles entering the state
The Department of State Services (DSS) has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network (ESN) of acquiring bombs and explosives.
According to The Punch, the secret police said the ESN is planning to use the explosives to destabilise Imo state.
The newspaper added that the DSS said it received intelligence that the explosives were being moved in articulated trucks from Lagos to a hideout in Orlu, Imo state.
The information is reportedly contained in a letter by the DSS to the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo state.
The DSS, therefore, advised the Brigade commander to ensure that deployed security personnel carried out a thorough search on trucks coming to the state.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a joint operation by the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, and DSS led to the killing of one Commander Ikonson, identified as the vice president-designate of IPOB.
Six other fighters of the militia group linked to the IPOB were also killed, while two other members were arrested in the joint operation.
Security agents said the late IPOB commander coordinated all the operations of the group in the southeast. He was said to have spearheaded the attack on the Imo police headquarters on April 5 and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.
In other news, the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, has claimed that aggrieved politicians sponsored the recent attacks on security facilities in the state.
Governor Uzodinma made the allegation on Wednesday, April 7, while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.
The Imo state governor blamed the attack on aggrieved politicians who wanted to destabilise his government and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.