- A retired senior police officer, Ambrose Aisabor, has raised concerns over insecurity in the southeast
- The security expert warned that IPOB is planning to escalate its attacks on government formations
- Aisabor made recommendations on how security agencies can stop attacks by the secessionist group
A retired Assistant Inspector of Police, Ambrose Aisabor, has said secession group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is stockpiling weapons by attacking and looting security formations.
Aisabor told Daily Trust that the group aims to achieve the Biafra Republic by engaging in war with the Nigerian government.
“If you look at it, they are not attacking ordinary people. They are attacking the police, the army, and the air force that is what they are doing.
“Why they are attacking those military formations is because they want to have enough ammunition to enable them prosecute their war against the government of Nigeria. They want to have their own police; they want to have their own armoury and so on.''
The former police officer said the failure of intelligence on the part of the security agencies has enabled the group to carry out attacks unchecked.
He said improved intelligence was needed to stop future attacks by the secessionist group.
A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the president condemned the insurgent attack that took place on the police command Headquarters and the correctional facility in Owerri, Imo state.
Buhari also ordered security and intelligence agencies in the state and the geo-political zone to fully mobilise and go after the terrorists, apprehend them and get them punished under the full weight of the law.
Meanwhile, a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, has argued that there will never be a Republic of Biafra again.
The senior special assistant on social media to the president in a tweet on Monday, April 5, said the Republic of Biafra died the day secessionist forces surrendered to the then head of state, Yakubu Gowon.
Onochie shared a video showing the then Head of State receiving the then Biafran Vice President, Major General Philip Effiong, who facilitated the surrender of the Biafran State to Nigeria in 1970.