The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned that some persons or groups are plotting to destabilise Nigeria by exploiting “political differences and other occurrences, within and outside the country”.
Peter Afunaya, spokesman of the secret police, added that groups or individuals plan to “also initiate narratives to deepen their subversive objectives so as to achieve preferred illegal outcomes”.
He said this in a statement issued on Monday. He added that the persons are bent on setting the country ablaze across ethic and religious lines with violence the expected outcome.
Afunaya urged the public to be conscious of fake news, warning those in the habit of spreading false reports to desist.
He promised that the service would continue to ensure national stability.
The warning comes on the back of the planned protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) despite its proscription. Also, the presidential election petition tribunal is set to announce its verdict in the case between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).