DSS raises alarm on plans by state actors to ignite ethnic, religious violence

DSS raises alarm on plans by state actors to ignite ethnic, religious violence

The Department of State Services (DSS) has again warned against plans by some persons and groups to exploit some fault lines to cause ethnoreligious violence in some parts of the country.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, February 3, in Abuja.

1st News had reported that the DSS on Jan. 11 issued an alert of plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country.

The alert stipulated that the targeted States were Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos, and those in the South East.

It said the plans were to cause inter-religious conflicts and use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities as well as key and vulnerable points.

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Afunanya said the latest developments on the alert indicated desperate efforts by these groups to subvert public order.

He said that persons have continued to resort to inciting, unguarded and divisive statements, acts and 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 wraths of the law.

“The DSS will, in collaboration with other security and law enforcement agencies, take necessary steps to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizenry,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lagos Assembly on Tuesday, February 2, passed a resolution urging President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to come up with a Bill for the inclusion of State Police in the Constitution.

1st News gathered the House passed the resolution sequel to the motion moved by the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, during plenary.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker said State Police was very important in the country; adding that the recently constituted community policing could not take the place of the police structure.

“I have noticed an increase in the number of calls for State Police; former President Olusegun Obasanjo also joined the train, requesting for State Police.

“It gladdens my heart; I was just smiling when I read it on the pages of newspapers.

“This House has always been in the forefront of the calls for State Police right from the Fourth Assembly. This House is always right on target and always at the truth.

“We are not going to stop until we have a Constitution that talks about federalism to have State Police. We must latch on to this opportunity.

“The community police initiated a few months ago is not good enough.

“It is my sincere pleasure to call again on the President and the National Assembly on the need for State Police,” he said.

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