Monday 26th June, 2017
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DSS declares war on hate campaigners, sponsors

DSS declares war on hate campaigners, sponsors

.. Assures Nigerians of protection

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has gone tough on Ni­gerians threatening a break-up of the country and embarking on hate campaigns.
The DSS vowed on Sunday to unmask the masterminds and their sponsors and prose­cute them in line with the laws of the land.
In a reaction to the growing threat and ultimatum to some Nigerians to leave their abodes in both the northern and south­ern parts of the nation, the DSS declared that it would not fold its hands while criminal ele­ments threaten the unity and cohesion of the country.
In a statement the security agency issued on Sunday, through its spokesman, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, the Service said that it had watched the disturbing trend by “desperate and mischievous elements to steer the ship of our nationhood to calamity and irretrievable destruction.”
 
The DSS recalled that recently, the Arewa youths in a press state­ment called for the relocation of the Igbo from the North, an un­fortunate development which, it noted, had been followed by a re­lease from an unknown source styled: Niger Delta Watchdogs, threatening northerners to quit the Niger Delta region.
It further said that another group went as far as “harvesting from the internet, a horrific ac­cident scene, for the purpose of making it look like a site of mas­sacre of the Igbo ethnic group by northern youths.
“However, the Service has been able to establish that the purported murder scene being depicted as a field of massacre was a highway casualty accident scene which occurred along Owo-Akure Road, Ondo State, on 3rd March, 2016.”
“Those involved in these mis­leading and despicable acts have since been warned to desist from anything capable of causing dis­affection and stoking nationwide tensions.”
“Consequently, the Service, in line with its statutory mandate of ensuring the internal security of the country, wishes to inform the public that it will stop at nothing to deploy all resources at its dis­posal to identify and deal with all those culpable, as well as maintain peace and order in every length and breadth of the nation,” Opu­iyo said.
The DSS therefore warned that all those who are charting the course of disunity among Ni­gerians to desist from their divi­sive actions, stressing that the Ser­vice was also not oblivious of the efforts of some miscreants to ig­nite fear and cause ethnic tensions across the country.
It condemned the call for the relocation of some ethnic nation­alities to places against their wish­es, declaring such relocation or­der as not only illegal, but against the spirit of the nation’s Constitu­tion which allows for freedom of movement and association among others.
The DSS frowned at the ten­dency of some ethnic chauvinists to resort cheaply to hate speeches, misinformation and total manip­ulation of information especially on the social media to fan the em­bers of discord and subvert the ef­forts of the Federal Government in implementing its policies.
The agency asked law-abiding citizens and residents to disregard persuasions by “these tribal jingo­ists to make our beloved country a theatre of the absurd and blood­letting.
‘’It is time for us, Nigerians, to show our humanness and pat­riotism which have been our de­fining strength as one united in­divisible nation.”
“The Service has already com­menced a detailed investigation to get the perpetrators of these hate campaigns as well as their spon­sors. At the appropriate time, all those involved in these condemn­able acts will be unmasked and decisively dealt with in line with the laws of the land.”
The DSS appealed to those with useful information to vol­unteer same to the Service or the nearest security agency/formation for prompt action.

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