The Department of State Services alerted the public on Monday about a conspiracy by some individuals to incite violent protests in specific regions of the nation.
The secret agency said that the plan was an attempt to embarrass the Nigerian federal government and the security agencies over what it dubbed “sundry socio-economic matters” even though it did not identify the violent demonstration’s organisers.
In a statement made available to Vanguard, the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya, said that intelligence at the disposal of the agency indicated that the plotters of the protests include politicians who are desperately mobilizing unsuspecting student leaders, ethnic-based associations, youth and ‘disgruntled groups’ for the action.
Afunanya said in the statement: “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 mobilising 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.
“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 behaviours or conduct 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 that it will not hesitate to legally come against persons and groups behind the devious plans,” the secret police warned.
The warning comes at the same time that the Nigeria Labour Congress has called for two days of demonstrations against the removal of fuel subsidies on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has decided to rule on the petition filed by the opposition parties challenging the election of President Bola Tinubu.
At the time this report was filed, it was unclear whether the claimed attempt to undermine the government and security services was connected to the two occurrences this week or if it was a totally unrelated issue.