Members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, are plotting to attack Kuje Correctional Centre, security sources told PRNigeria.
Recall that the arrested leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, is presently cooling his heels at the facility of the Department of State Security Services, SSS, in Abuja after his repatriation into the country.
Mr Kanu had asked the Federal High Court to order his transfer to the Kuje Correctional Centre in the outskirt of Abuja.
The IPOB leader alleged ‘cruel’ treatment in the hands of SSS 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 IPOB militants under the guise of Eastern Security Network 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 source, the IPOB fighters’ plan is to ensure they get 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 added.
The officer noted that prominent individuals who are arrested and detained at the SSS 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 by IPOB and ESN where many lives of innocent citizens and properties were lost.
“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.
“Nnamdi Kanu even had the gut to celebrate the destruction when he emphasised via his verified Twitter account that no soul deserves to be locked up in Nigeria’s prison. Imagine him now saying he prefered the same prison facility
“His lousy, callous and inciting threats were some of the pieces of evidence that our foreign partners considered in justifying the need for his repatriation to face his trial in Nigeria after jumping bail…
“Meanwhile, Justice Binta Nyako had revoked the bail granted him and also ordered his arrest anywhere in the world which prompted the action we took for his return to Nigeria.
“Has any country come out to support him or condemn the action we have taken?,” the officer asked.