By Modupe Shodeinde
The Department of State Services on Monday warned of plots to incite religious violence in Lagos, Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, and some states in the South East.
The DSS Head, Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, in a statement warned of the plan to also attack worship centres and religious leaders.
“The Department of State Services wishes to alert the public about plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country. Targeted States include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East.
“Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points.” the statement read.
Afunanya stated that the Service would collaborate with other agencies to avert any violence or chaos in the country. He also urged Nigerians to be cautious of acts aimed at setting them against each other.
He said “Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another.
“While the Service pledges to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure that public order is maintained, those hatching these plots are warned to desist from such in the interest of peace, security and development of the country.
“However, law-abiding citizens (and residents) are encouraged to report suspected breaches of peace around them to the nearest security agencies.” he said.