DSS raises the alarm over plot to incite violence
NEWS DIGEST – The Department of State Services has raised the alarm that there were plans by some elements to cause unrest in the country
This is coming two weeks after a similar alert was raised advising political players to abide by the rules of engagement as well as approach the court for redress if and where there were suspicions of infractions on extant electoral laws.
In a statement on Saturday by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the agency said while some political players had sought redress in court, others were making inciting statements.
It partly read, “The Department of State Services, again, alerts the public of plans to violently disrupt peace in the country. The service hereby warns those desperate to cause a breakdown of law and order to desist from that.
“It is evident that some aggrieved politicians are already taking advantage of this legal process. This, without a doubt, is the beauty of democracy. It is strongly believed that this approach enhances peace and security. All and sundry should cherish it.”
Afunanya warned that those disseminating fake news to pitch the citizens against the present or incoming administrations should stop.
He added the service would not allow the country to descend into a state of anarchy.
“Be that as it may, the DSS will not tolerate a situation where persons and/or groups take laws into their hands and champion anarchy.
“Those peddling fake news, hate speech, and all forms of false narratives as basis to ignite violence or pit the people against the present or incoming administrations, at the federal, state, and parliamentary levels, should stop forthwith.
“Those inciting violence have nothing to gain as doing so will not only consume them but also the innocent. It is otherwise disturbing to see respected personalities use their platforms to mislead or incite citizens. This, to say the least, does not augur well for peaceful coexistence and general order.”