Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja
The Department of State Security (DSS) said Monday it uncovered a plot by some unammed persons to stage violent protests across the country.
It said the plotters include some politicians who were mobilising student and tribal leaders for the planned action.
A statement issued by the spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunanya, said it 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.
“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”, it said.
The agency said it 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 conducts against law and order”, it said.
It further stated that “while the DSS is aware of 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”.