The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied that its operatives aided the escape of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from Nigeria.
According to the service, the allegation is malicious and fake news.
It will be recalled that Kanu disappeared from Nigeria over a year ago after soldiers stormed his home in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
There had been controversies over his whereabouts until he showed up in a video on Friday in Jerusalem, Israel.
Also on Monday, the founder of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASOB, Chief Raph Uwazuruike alleged that Kanu disappearance and surfacing in Israel was preplanned by the DSS.
However, the spokesperson for the DSS, Mr. Peter Afunanya, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, described the rumour as malicious.
He said: “The Service wishes to state that the news is fake, mischievous and defamatory. It is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the originators.
“The public should, by now, have noted the antics of Kanu, IPOB and their collaborators whose stock in trade is to peddle unfounded rumours, gossips and propaganda aimed at subverting the government, its key agencies and officials.
“The DSS is aware that some unscrupulous elements are keen on exploiting the situation to constitute a nuisance to the freedoms of all persons as guaranteed in the Constitution and as well disrupt the forthcoming general elections.
“The DSS will not stand by idly and watch these undesirable elements achieve their aims.
“It is to be further emphasised that the indissolubility, unity and indivisibility of our beloved country is sacred.”
Sounding a note of warning to those he called obstructive planners against the unity of the country, Afunnaya said they should know that no individual or group is bigger than the country.
He however reassured residents about their safety and the DSS’s commitment to providing an enabling environment for peace and stability in the country.
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