- DSS has raised the alarm over alleged plot to destabilise Nigeria
- The spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunaya, said some groups of people were hell bent on setting the country on fire
- Afunaya, however, asked the general public to be conscious of fake news in the media
The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised the alarm that some persons were plotting to set the nation on fire.
Legit.ng reports that the spokesman of the agency, Peter Afunaya, made this known in a statement issued on Monday, September 9.
Afunaya, however, said the service would not relent in its bid to secure the country, even though he did not mention any name or group.
The statement read: “The DSS wishes to reiterate its earlier alert to the nation of plans by subversive groups and individuals to undermine national security, peace and unity in the country. These elements are determined to exploit political differences and other occurrences, within and outside the country, to destabilise the nation.
"They also initiate narratives to deepen their subversive objectives so as to achieve preferred illegal outcomes. The aim is to set the country on fire as well as inflame passions across ethnic and religious divides with expected violent consequences.”
The spokesperson of the secret police also asked the public to be conscious of fake news, warning those in the habit of spreading false reports to desist from doing so.
“Also, the service expresses dismay over the increasing use of fake news and unsubstantiated information spread across social media platforms to deceive and incite sections of the populace to civil unrest.
“While condemning the unpatriotic and misguided activities of these anti-social elements, the Service equally warns them to desist forthwith from their unholy acts as the full weight of the law will be brought against them.
“In the same vein, citizens are enjoined to remain law abiding, peaceful and report any suspicions likely to inhibit public safety to appropriate authorities. On its part, the service will remain committed in its pursuit of national stability in line with its statutory mandate of protecting the country against crimes and threats to its internal security,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, September 9, presided over a security council meeting in the State House.
It was reported that the council was made up of heads of security agencies in the country, including the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique.
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