DSS begins probe of body’s activities in Delta
The Department of State Services (DSS) has begun probe of the activities of the body in Ughelli, Asaba, Ibusa and its environs. In a swift raid on newsstands in the Delta State capital yesterday, over 10,000 copies of IPOB Newspaper were seized by operatives of the organisation.
It was learnt that the decision to beam searchlight on the operations of the outlawed outfit was taken at a stakeholders’ meeting on Sunday in Asaba where it was agreed that the security agents should comb every nook and cranny of the capital city.
The Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, who confirmed the development, said the personnel were assigned to ensure peaceful co-existence in the state. He decried the daily for allegedly portraying Nigeria as an unsafe country unsafe with “wicked leaders.”
An official of the secret police, who craved anonymity, told reporters that “we are acting on instruction following the publication of the IPOB Newspaper, many of the stories are inciting, and plots to cause mayhem in the country. The medium is a security risk.”
The owner of the affected stands, who simply identified himself as Mr. Ogbu, said he lost over 10,000 copies of the paper to the exercise, adding that his wares were also destroyed in the process.
A statement by the spokesman to the police command, Andrew Aniamaka, warned that the force would deal decisively with criminals, pledging the safety of the state.The chairman of the vendors’ association in the city, Ezekiel Ekwueme, said the paper had been banned from circulation.
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