“We have arrested subversive elements plotting to destabilise Nigeria”-DSS
London, June 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-In less than 12 hours after Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari promised to deal with those he identified as political and religious leaders inciting ethnic violence, the Department of State Services (DSS)-Nigeria’s secret security said it has arrested some “subversive elements”trying to incite Nigerians or pit one ethnic group against the other.
Spokesman Peter Afunanya made the announcement about the arrests today. He however did not elaborate or give the names of those arrested.\
In a statement Afunanya said the secret agency has observed with concern, the deliberate plots and attempts by some subversive and undemocratic elements to incite or pit one ethnic group against the other by stoking the embers of tribal sentiments to cause disaffection and violence across the country.
He said the agency has found some unpatriotic actors make unguarded public statements and use the social media platforms to instil fear in the minds of citizens.
“These are reflected in the misleading statements and articles being circulated among unsuspecting members of the public. Such inciting materials oftentimes are designed to make or convey false accusations by one group against the other. They also resort to skewing historical narratives to suit their objective of masterminding ethnic violence in the nation.
“In view of the Service’s mandate to detect and prevent crimes against the country’s internal security, it reiterates its commitment to the indissolubility and indivisibility of the country as enshrined in the Constitution.