- The DSS says it has arrested some Nigerians who used their social media accounts to post inciting materials on the internet
- DSS spokesperson Afunanya says the development became necessary because some unpatriotic Nigerians were posting dangerous materials online that could affect national security
- Afunanya assured that the arrest and prosecution of those who run foul of the laws guiding social media posts would be kept going for a long time
The Department of State Security (DSS) has warned Nigerians to beware of what they post on their social media accounts because it is kicking off a nationwide crackdown on those who post inciting materials on the internet.
Premium Times reports that the secret police said it has already made arrests of some individuals who posted dangerous materials on their social media pages.
The identities of those arrested would be made public soon, DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya said in a statement on Wednesday, June 12.
According to him, the move became necessary because some unpatriotic Nigerians have been using social media platforms to make “unguarded public statements and/or use the social media platforms to instill fear in the minds of citizens”.
He added that “These are reflected in the misleading statements and articles being circulated among unsuspecting members of the public. Such inciting materials oftentimes are designed to make or convey false accusations by one group against the other.
“They also resort to skewing historical narratives to suit their objective of masterminding ethnic violence in the nation. So far, some of the culprits have been arrested."
The secret police added that it was “determined to ensure that the tribal chauvinists and mischief makers do not continue to exploit socio-political differences and Internet platforms to threaten the peace and stability of the country.”
DSS says the arrests will be a continuous process because it would “sustain the apprehension and prosecution of defaulters."
In a similar vein, Legit.ng reported earlier that in the bid to stop alleged divisive comments being aired publicly, the DSS recently detained an Islamic cleric.
The Katsina-based cleric, Mallam Aminu Usman, popularly called “Abu Ammar” was invited and detained by men of State Security Service in Katsina. Abu Ammar’s arrest on Tuesday, May 14.
Sources in the report say, his detention might not be unconnected with a pre-“hudba” sermon he made where he berated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over nonchalant attitude and worsening insecurity across the country.
According to the report, Abu Ammar was with his friend, Malam Shamsu, when he received a call inviting him by security men who asked him to come down to the Department of State Security (DSS) office in the state.
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