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Nigeria’s secret police, DSS raises alarm over plots to stage violent protest

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By Temi Olowu

Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS), said on Monday it has uncovered a plan by some people to stage violent protests across the country in a bid to discredit the present administration.

A statement by the spokesman of the department, Peter Afunanya, said intelligence reports have shown that the plotters include certain politicians who are desperately mobilizing unsuspecting student leaders, ethnic-based associations, youth, and disgruntled groups to cause trouble.

According to him, the secret police “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.”

“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.

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“Intelligence reports have indicated that the plotters include certain politicians who are desperately mobilizing unsuspecting student leaders, ethnic-based associations, youth, and disgruntled groups for the planned action.

“Meanwhile, the Service has identified the ringleaders of the plot and has sustained monitoring around them in order to deter them from plunging the country into anarchy.

“ view of this development, university vice chancellors and heads of tertiary institutions are advised to discourage their students from engaging in acts capable of derailing public peace. Also, parents and guardians are enjoined to admonish their children and wards, respectively, to shun the lure of participating in inimical behaviors or conducts against law and order.

“While the DSS is aware of the government’s efforts and determination to resolve some of the challenges confronting the nation, it warns those desirous of subverting national security to retrace their steps.

“This is more so because it will not hesitate to legally come against the persons and groups behind the devious plans,” the DSS said in its statement.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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