The Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday warned those trying to create artificial tensions in the country through hate speeches, total misinformation and manipulation of the social media to desist from such diabolical acts or be ready to face the wrath of the law forthwith
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday signed by one Tony Opuiyo, the Service affirmed that there was nothing to fear about as it was fully on top of the security of the land along with other security forces in the country.
The Service declared that in line with its statutory mandate of ensuring the Internal Security of the country, it would stop at nothing to deploy all the resources at its disposal to identify and deal with all those behind the dastardly act and as well maintain law and order in all the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
It warned all those who have been charting the course of disunity among Nigerians to desist from their ignoble action while those trying to ignite fears and cause ethnic tensions across the country should retrace their footsteps or be ready to face the bitter music.
The Service hinted that it was already trailing those behind the criminal acts and their sponsors and promised to unmask them shortly for them to face the law accordingly.
It lamented that the Service “has watched with keen interest the disturbing trend desperate and mischievous elements have tended to steer the ship of our nationhood to calamity and irretrievable destruction across the land”.
The statement reads, “Only recently, the Arewa Youths in a press statement called for the relocation of the Igbos from the North.”
“Unfortunately, this development has been followed by a release from an unknown source styled, Niger Delta Watchdogs, threatening all Northerners to quit Niger Delta region.
Meanwhile, “Another group went to the extent of harvesting from the internet, a horrific accident scene, for the purpose of making it look like a site of massacre of 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 high 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.”
“To this effect, it warns, in very clear terms, all those who are charting the course of disunity among Nigerians to desist from their divisive actions.”
“The Service wants to reassure the entire populace that it will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that those who are bent on causing a breakdown of law and order are not spared.”
“Meanwhile, anyone with useful information is also encouraged to volunteer same to the Service or the nearest security agency/formation for prompt action.”