- The Imo government has reacted to claims that illegal arms are being imported into the state
- The police command in the state has also denied receiving such intelligence
- Recently, there was a claim from the DSS that the move was being organised by IPOB and the ESN
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The Imo government has denied knowledge of the alleged importation of illegal arms and ammunition into the state.
Reacting to the claim, the commissioner for information, Declan Emelumba, on Thursday, April 30, noted that the state government is not aware of any such development, Punch reports.
“I am not aware of it I am the Information Commissioner of the state government. We as a government don’t know about this.”
Similarly, the police public relations officer in the state, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, said the command knows nothing about the claim.
“I am not aware of the importation of arms by IPOB. As it stands now I have not been briefed on such development.”
Earlier, the Department of State Services (DSS) had accused the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network (ESN) of acquiring bombs and explosives.
The secret police said the ESN is planning to use the explosives to destabilise Imo state.
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.
Before this, it was 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.