The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, on Monday, alleged that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra planned to attack the state.
He said the threat was being investigated, adding that security agencies would foil the plan.
Odumosu spoke at a security summit convened by the Lagos State Government in Lagos on Monday.
He said, “The command has taken notice of agitators for the 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.
“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.
But the leadership of the IPOB on Monday described the allegation as baseless, false and tribal, adding it was being hatched to cause division between two friendly and loving ‘nations’ (Igbo and Yoruba).
IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, stated this in a statement to its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful.
The group said, “The public is hereby notified that the allegations that IPOB is plotting to attack Lagos is a lie. 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.”
Anonymous Lagosians, spoke angrily said that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu must be up to something Lagosians don’t know, his trying to distract us from the main enemies of Lagos state by mentioning members of Ipob.