- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reacted to unconfirmed claims that members of IPOB are scheming to launch an attack in Lagos
- According to the southeast group, the news is nothing but a rumour intended to destabilise the state and the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
- The organisation told Governor Sanwo-Olu on Thursday, May 13, that it was fully behind his administration
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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday, May 13, assured Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of its full support for his administration.
The southeast's topmost socio-cultural group made this promise through its president-general, George Obiozor, on Thursday in Lagos during a courtesy visit of some delegates at Government House, Marina, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Obiozor restated that neither the southeast nor the organisation has any intention of destroying the healthy relationship it has with the southwest, especially Lagos.
The Ohanaeze leader, therefore, urged Governor Sanwo-Olu to ignore such a rumour which is only aimed at distracting him from delivering the dividends of democracy through his government.
He went on to laud the governor for his outstanding leadership qualities in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
“Today, the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, in the company of Igbo Elders and Leaders in Lagos, are here to pay you (Governor Sanwo-Olu) a solidarity visit and to further reassure you that Ndigbo are not violent in nature, neither are we known for acts of violence anywhere we live."
Meanwhile, 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 was 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.
Before this, the police command in Lgos had disclosed that security operatives in the state were investigating Yoruba separatists groups and members of IPOB over-reported threats to attack soft targets in the state.
The state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, made the disclosure during a security meeting in Ikeja on Monday, May 10.