The Department of State Services (DSS) claims to have unearthed preparations by some elements in the country to organise violent protests in order to tarnish the Federal Government (FG) and security agencies on a variety of socioeconomic issues.
In an early Monday statement, DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya raised the alarm, but said the agency had identified the plot’s ringleaders.
“The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby informs the public that it has uncovered plans by some elements in parts of the country to stage violent protests in order to discredit the Federal Government and security agencies over sundry socio-economic matters,” the statement read.
“Intelligence reports have indicated that the plotters include certain politicians who are desperately mobilising unsuspecting student leaders, ethnic-based associations, youth, and disgruntled groups for the planned action.
“Meanwhile, the Service has identified the ring leaders of the plot as well as sustained monitoring around them in order to deter them from plunging the country into anarchy.”
In light of this development, the secret police directed tertiary institution presidents and university vice chancellors to prohibit their students from participating in actions that could disrupt public order.
The DSS further emphasized that parents and guardians must warn their children and wards about the dangers of engaging in illegal activity or conduct.
“Also, parents and guardians are enjoined to admonish their children and wards respectively to shun the lure of participating in inimical behaviours or conducts against law and order,” the agency said.
While the DSS is aware of the Government’s efforts and commitment to address some of the nation’s difficulties, it advises anyone who wish to undermine national security to retrace their actions. This is particularly so since it will not hesitate to take legal action against the individuals and groups behind the deceitful plan.”
It has warned that it will not hesitate to take legal action against the individuals and entities involved for the deceptive schemes.