DSS uncovers plans by politicians to mobilize student leaders, others for violent protests
The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday said it has uncovered plans by certain politicians across the country to stage violent protests mobilizing student leaders, and ethic associations, among others.
The service said the planned protest was to rubbish the Federal Government and security agencies over what it described as socio-economic matters.
This was contained in a statement on Monday by the service spokesperson, Peter Afunanya.
The statement said the service is raising the alarm based on intelligence reports at its disposal.
It said those plotting the protests had been identified, adding that they are being monitored.
It read, “The Department of State Services 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.
”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 ring leaders of the plot as well as sustained monitoring around them in order to deter them from plunging the country into anarchy.”
The statement called on heads of tertiary institutions to discourage their students from engaging in any activity that could disrupt peace in the country.
It said, “In 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 conduct against law and order. ”
It urged those who have the intention to advantage of the challenges facing the nation to cause mayhem in the country to have a rethink.
“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 that it will not hesitate to legally come against persons and groups behind the devious plans, ” the statement added.
It could be recalled that the presidential election petition tribunal had fixed September to hear the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its standard bearer, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, and the Labour Party challenging President Bola Tinubu’s victory at the February 25 Presidential election.
The tribunal had previously reserved the judgment after the petitioners closed their cases in June after calling 40 out of the 150 witnesses earlier listed in their petitions against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tinubu.