Nigeria’s Spy Police, the Department of State Services says it has uncovered plans to destabilize the West African nation.
It said such persons and groups are “desirous of taking advantage of the latest developments in parts of the country to destabilize it”.
“Some prominent personalities and socio-cultural groups have resorted to divisive acts through inciting statements aimed at pitting individuals, groups, and ethnic nationalities against another,” Peter Afunanya, spokesman for the Department, said in a statement dated 27th July 2020.
“The Service is, without doubt, aware of these plans and their sponsors,” he pointed out.
The warning is coming against the background of recent demands by some groups, including the opposition People’s Democratic Party, for the government’s decisive action against rising cases of corruption in government establishments.
Last week, PDP called on President Buhari to resign following graphic details of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, among others.
The DSS warned that it would no longer tolerate the orchestrations by subversive and unscrupulous elements to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country.
Afunanya said the DSS is working “assiduously with relevant authorities and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the sinister objective is not achieved”.
The Service reiterated its commitment to the internal security of Nigeria and would, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with planners of the mayhem.
It asked law-abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses and disregard the antics of agents of destabilization.
DSS however, solicited the help of such citizens to avail the Service and related agencies with useful information about the activities of criminals and groups intent on instigating violence in the country.