The Department of State Services, DSS, has uncovered plans by certain politicians across the country to recruit students, youths and aggrieved ethic associations, among others to stage violent protests across the country.
A statement on Monday by the Service spokesperson, Peter Afunanya disclosed that intelligence reports revealed that the planned protest was designed to ventilate grievances against the Federal Government and security agencies over what it described as socio-economic matters.
Afunanya said those plotting the protests had been identified, adding that they are being monitored.
“The Department of State Services 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.
“Meanwhile, the Service has 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 statement noted.
Afunanya called on heads of tertiary institutions to discourage their students from engaging in any activity that could disrupt peace in the country.
He further urged parents and guardians to admonish their children and wards respectively to shun the lure of participating in inimical behaviours or conduct against law and order.
He advised those who have the intention to advantage of the challenges facing the nation to cause mayhem in the country to have a rethink.
While the DSS is aware of the Government’s efforts and determination to resolve some of the challenges confronting the nation, it warned 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, the statement added.