The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described an allegation by Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, that it, alongside Oodua Republic agitators, plans to carry out attacks on soft targets in Lagos, as baseless, false and tribal, adding that it was being hatched to cause division between two friendly and loving ‘nations.’
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB who stated this on Monday, emphasized that it’s no longer 1967, a reference to the start of the Biafra war.
“The public is hereby notified that the allegations that IPOB is plotting to attack Lagos is a lie,” Kanu said.
“The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who made the allegation is a former Chief Security Officer to Bola Tinubu and their intention is to fuel division between the Yoruba and Biafrans; but, it won’t work. This is not 1967.”
Odumosu had earlier on Monday, alleged that the Oodua agitators and IPOB planned to attack the state.
Odumosu spoke at a security summit convened by the Lagos State Government, said the threat was being investigated, adding that security agencies would foil the plan.
“The command has taken notice of agitators for Oodua Republic by some Yoruba separatist groups and the threats to disrupt law and order in the state. Twenty-four of these groups have been identified and are being closely monitored,” he said.
“Similarly, the threat of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos is equally being put on the radar of the command intelligence gathering and other security services in the state.
“Strategies are being put in place to neutralise their activities. The command is using this medium to solicit the support of all and sundry to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious person or movement to security agencies. Let us adopt the slogan of ‘when you see something, say something.’”
Also, Odumosu said intelligence reports revealed that most miscreants now use abandoned buildings as hideouts and in most cases, initiation camps, adding that most of the abandoned buildings were traced to family disputes.