By Emman Ovuakporie
The State Security Service, SSS, thursday made public, all items used by the alleged bombers during this year’s Independence celebrations still pointing accusing finger at the Okah brothers.
The SSS revealed that it intercepted a vehicle, Mazda 626 BY318-FKJ packed with military paraphernalia believed to be heading to Bayelsa State. The SSS stated that the vehicle and its content belonged to the brother of Henry Okah, Charles Okah.
Items recovered include: 10 bulletproof jackets, military boots, camouflage vests, water bottles and camp tents.
Briefing newsmen thursday, Assistant Director, Public Relations of the State Security Service, SSS, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar, said “all the items recovered came through Charles Okah and sent to Port Harcourt from Lagos, not all the vehicles bought by Henry Okah were wired for the bombings.”
“Military items found in the recovered vehicle sent through a transport company that runs cargo/courier services include: 10 bullet proof jackets, military boots, camp tents and camouflage vests.”
Ogar further explained that “in view of all these discoveries the Service seizes this opportunity to warn transport and courier companies to be more circumspect in handling goods for customers as they would be held responsible for carrying prohibited items.”
“Equally car dealers are advised to obtain full particulars of persons purchasing cars from them to avoid being held liable on grounds of suspicion.”
“The press may wish to note that criminal networks and their activities are usually complex and diverse hence painstaking investigations are usually required to effectively unravel them.’
She however re-assured members of the public that “on-going investigations will be pursued diligently until all loose ends are tied up and every culprit apprehended and prosecuted.”
Asked how the SSS got this latest information, Mrs. Ogar said it was the sister of one of the suspects that spilled the milk that led to the recent discoveries, though she refused to mention her name for security reasons.
Journalists were shown the recovered items from the suspects.
It would be recalled that during the last briefing of the SSS, Henry Okah was the subject and was linked to last March 25 bombings in Warri during Vanguard Media lecture on the way forward in the Niger Delta.