The Department of State Services (DSS) Friday evening, revealed that it had foiled a plan by a member of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), to bomb the popular computer Village in Ikeja Lagos.
The service said it arrested one Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a member of IPOB, and mastermind of the plot who was wroking with others within ans outside the country to carry out the dastardly act.
The DSS made this known in a statement issued in Abuja by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, adding that it has arrested several people who were either engaged in kidnapping, pipeline vandalism or other criminal activities.
“Sequel to increasing threat posed to public peace by the activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), this Service arrested one Chidiebere ONWUDIWE, a graduate of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and known member of IPOB, on 22nd June, 2016. ONWUDIWE and his associates within and outside the country, were planning to carry out coordinated attacks against religious bodies/edifices, Police-Check Points and the computer village in Ikeja, Lagos State, with Improvised Explosive devices (IEDS).
“The suspect was apprehended while making logistics supplies for their nefarious plan”. the statement said.
The DSS, also raised the alarm that extremist elements plan to bomb places of worships and parks to further the propagation of the reign of terror in the country.
“The general public is aware that in recent days, some States of the Federation have witnessed spate of kidnapping incidents perpetrated by criminal elements in a bid to further their selfish pecuniary and/or criminal interests. In furtherance of security measures initiated to checkmate this trend, series of special tactical operations were carried out by this Service, where successful arrests of masterminds of these criminal gangs were made by the Service, while their hide-outs were decimated.
“On 7th June, 2016, one Kabiru SHUAIBU, the ring-leader of a kidnap gang, comprising his accomplices namely: Haruna SALEH, Tukur SHUAIBU and Abdulmumuni ADAMUNA, were arrested by the Service along Murtala MUHAMMAD Bridge, along Lokoja-Abuja Highway, in Lokoja, Kogi State.
“The suspects were part of a criminal gang which has been terrorizing innocent citizens in the Northern region of the Federation.
“Similarly, on 12th June, 2016, this Service arrested one Ifeanyi Michael ONYIKE, a suspected kidnap kingpin at D-line, Port Harcourt in Rivers State. ONYIKE was involved in the kidnap of Ebere CHINDA, wife to Igo CHINDA, the Personal Assistant (PA) to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi AMAECHI.
“Also, this Service wishes to alert the general public to be wary of suspicious packages and persons, as celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr approaches. The Service is availed of intelligence which indicates threat by extremist elements to attack selected locations across the Federation, particularly parks and congregations of worshipers, in order to further their cause.
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“The Service wish to state that it will continue to deploy every window within its constituted mandate to ensure the security and safety of all law-abiding residents and citizens wherever they reside. We therefore call on the general public to be security-conscious and to report any suspicious persons/groups or activities to relevant security agencies”
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