Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) has warned of plots it said are being hatched by unnamed people to incite religious violence across the country.
The warning contained in a press release by the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya pointed out the states and places targeted and methods intended to be used by the plotters.
“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to alert the public about plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country. Targeted States include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East.”
“Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points”, the DSS release noted.
The agency advised Nigerians “to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another.”
“While the Service pledges to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure that public order is maintained, those hatching these plots are warned to desist from such in the interest of peace, security and development of the country. However, law abiding citizens (and residents) are encouraged to report suspected breaches of peace around them to the nearest security agencies”, the release concluded.