The Department of State Services (DSS), has again warned against plans by some persons and groups to exploit some fault lines to cause ethno-religious violence in some parts of the country.
The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja yesterday, listed Lagos, Oyo, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, Rivers, Plateau and states in the South East as areas being targeted.
DSS had on January 11, issued an alert of plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country.
The alert also listed the above states as those being targeted.
It said the plan was to cause inter-religious conflicts by the plotters who would use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, as well as key and vulnerable points, adding that the latest developments on the alert indicated desperate efforts by these groups to subvert public order.
Afunanya said those behind the plot have continued to resort to inciting unguarded and divisive statements, plotting also to pit citizens against one another 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 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. (Punch)