The Nigerian government has alleged that the arms (double barrel rifles) intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service at the tin can port were imported into the country by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Mansur Dan Ali, the minister of defence, made the allegation in an interview on Channels TV published on October 12.
According to the minister, the group was responsible for the importation of arms from Turkey into the country. This, he said was one of the reasons why the Federal Government labeled IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
He further stated that intelligence reports had shown that the group had made a firm decision to bring confusion in the country.
The minister said IPOB should have explored constitutional provisions in making their grievances known rather than trying to cause chaos in Nigeria by producing weapons.
Speaking further, Mr Mansur Dan Ali also pointed out that the military operation tagged Operation Python Dance currently being carried out in the southeast was not aimed at the pro-Biafra group.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, has said the police in a joint operation with the army on Sunday, October 8, recovered a secret book belonging to the Indigenous people of Biafra, which contain the agitators’ military strategies and plans to take up arms.
The CP said the police also recovered weapons in an uncompleted building used by IPOB for the training of members of the Biafra Secret Service.
Ogbizi disclosed this in Umuahia, the state capital, while assessing the role of the police during crises between the military and IPOB members in the state.
He said the Sunday raid followed information that IPOB members were gathering at Kanu’s home for training.
“We can’t sit back and allow the security of lives and property to be jeopardised in the state because IPOB activities were gearing towards taking up arms. If they had taken up arms, the South-East leaders and governors would have been held responsible for that, but we won’t even allow that to happen,” he said.