DSS Denies Helping Biafra Leader, Escape
Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, escaped from his abode in Umuahia , Abia State on September 14, 2017 .
He, however showed up in Jerusalem, Israel on Friday according to a video clip which has now gone viral on the internet.
Before his sudden disappearance , Kanu was being tried by the Federal Government for treason, but was granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Following his appearance, Kanu made a live broadcast on Sunday, narrating his ordeal, and threatening to return with hell to Nigeria.
Reacting to Kanu’s broadcast, Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), accused the DSS of masterminding Kanu’s escape.
Uwazuruike said Kanu’s disappearance is “a non-issue because it was carefully prearranged by the Department of State Security, DSS”.
Uwazuruike also said Kanu came out of hiding to make money from 2019 elections, and not to fight for the actualisation of Biafra as he claimed.
However, a statement by the spokesperson for DSS, Mr. Peter Afunanya, in Abuja on Monday, described the rumour alleging that operatives of the agency helped Kanu to escape as “malicious . ”
His words, “ The Service wishes to state that the news is fake , mischievous and defamatory . It is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the originators .
“The public should , by now , have noted the antics of Kanu , IPOB and their collaborators whose stock in trade is to peddle unfounded rumours , gossips and propaganda aimed at subverting the government , its key agencies and officials .
“The DSS is aware that some unscrupulous elements are keen on exploiting the situation to constitute a nuisance to the freedoms of all persons as guaranteed in the Constitution and as well disrupt the forthcoming general elections.
“The DSS will not stand by idly and watch these undesirable elements achieve their aims.
“It is to be further emphasised that the indissolubility, unity and indivisibility of our beloved country is sacred . ”
Afunanya called on those he described as “ obstructive planners against the unity of Nigeria ”to know that no individual or group can be bigger than this country.
He, therefore reassured residents about their safety and the DSS ’ s commitment to providing an enabling environment for peace and stability in the country.