DSS restates plot on ethno-religious violence as CAN Kicks

The Department of State Services has again reiterated its warning that some elements were plotting ethno-religious violence in parts of the country.

It noted that the masterminds were intent on exploiting the fault lines in the country to cause ethno-religious violence.

This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the DSS spokesman,  Dr Peter Afunanya, titled, ‘DSS reiterates call against violence.’

It noted, “Latest developments indicate desperate efforts by these groups to subvert public order.  In this regard, they have continued to resort to inciting, unguarded and divisive statements and acts.

“The objective is to pit citizens against one another in order to apparently inflame the embers of tribal and religious discords.

“For the umpteenth time, the Service strongly warns these elements to desist forthwith from their (planned) nefarious acts or face the full wrath of the law.”

The secret police said it is collaborating with other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs called on the DSS and other security agencies “to fish out these enemies of the state and deal with them according to the law.”

The Head, Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Aselemi, said this in a statement on Wedneday.

The statement reads partly, “We fervently appeal to these faceless yet-to-be identified persons planning to subvert public peace and order in the country to sheath their swords.

“On our part, we shall continue to advocate for respect for the religious beliefs of all and peaceful religious coexistence in Nigeria. We sincerely believe that we are greater together.

“We hereby call on the security agencies, especially the DSS to fish out these enemies of the state and deal with them according to the law.

But the Christian Association of Nigeria called on the DSS to stop playing politics with the security of the country.

CAN in a statement by Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant, Media and Communication, to its President, Dr Samson Ayokunle, said, “We recall that the agency raised similar alarm recently. But how many suspects have been arrested, detained and arraigned over the last ones? All the killings in the country have been happening without bringing those responsible to book.

“CAN calls on those who are responsible for the security of lives and property of the people to wake up to their constitutional responsibilities.

“Sometimes, some suspects will be paraded before the camera but their prosecutions remain unknown. This doesn’t speak well of us as a nation. Terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals are not invincible and until they are being apprehended and successfully prosecuted, people will no longer have respect for those who are in charge of the security. Punch