Kano, Lagos, Others Targeted for Religious Violence –DSS
Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has alleged that there was a plot to incite religious violence in parts of the country for reasons it did not mention.
DSS said in a statement that Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos, and some states in the South East have been targeted for violence.
The public relations department head of the service, Peter Afunanya, issued the statement titled, ‘Plots To Incite Religious Violence In Nigeria’, on Monday, saying some worship centres and religious leaders may be attacked.
The statement read, “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.
“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.”
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