Nigerian security agencies were at the weekend alleging a plot by operatives of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to whisk their detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu from detention.
The plot the security agencies allege was part of the campaign by IPOB to ensure his transfer from the Department of State Services, DSS detention facility to Kuje Correctional Facility.
A source privy to the alleged plot revealed that plotting the escape was easier for the IPOB operatives if Nnamdi Kanu were transferred to Kuje than at the DSS fortress that is across from the fortified Presidential Villa.
Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested in Kenya last month and repatriated back to the country has asked the Federal High Court to order his repatriation to the Kuje Correctional Centre in the outskirt of Abuja.
The IPOB leader alleged ‘cruel’ treatment in the hands of DSS personnel at their detention facility in the agency’s Head Office in Abuja.
But a top-ranking officer of one of the security agencies told PRNigeria that the militias of IPOB under the guise of ESN are plotting to launch an attack on Kuje Prison if their Leader is eventually moved there.
“We have uncovered the grand plan of a looming attack on Kuje Correctional Facility. This is sequel to Nnamdi Kanu’s plea to the Court to have him moved to the Kuje Prison from the detention facility of the DSS,” he said.
According to the security operative, the IPOB fighters’ plan is to ensure they get Nnamdi Kanu out at whatever cost.
“We are aware of the motives of some of his supporters to intimidate and harass judicial and security officers to do their biddings through petitions, propaganda and blackmail so that he could be transferred to the prison which they could easily attack as they have done to many Police Stations and Correctional Facilities in the Southeast, in the last six months,” he said.
The officer noted that prominent individuals who are arrested and detained at the DSS facility are normally given superior treatment, compared to what they stand to get at Police cells.
The officer cited series of attacks on security personnel and their facilities in the South-East allegedly by IPOB and Eastern Security Network (ESN).
“For instance in April this year, the police confirmed that IPOB/ESN militias were behind the attack on Imo Prison with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) after razing the state Police Headquarters with vehicles parked in the premises.”