DSS Raises Alarm Over Plot To Incite Religious Violence, Attack Worship Centres

In this photo taken on December 6, 2019, two DSS operatives are having a conversation during an operation in Abuja.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised an alarm about an alleged plot to incite religious violence across the country.

In a statement on Monday, the DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, disclosed that the plot was being sponsored by some persons in collaboration with external forces.

Afunanya said they intend to incite religious violence in states such as Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, and Lagos, as well as 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, as well as 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,” the statement said.

The DSS spokesman gave an assurance that the Service would collaborate with other security agencies to ensure that public order was maintained in all parts of the country.

He also warned those hatching such evil plots to desist from them in the interest of peace, security, and development of the nation.

“Law-abiding citizens (and residents) are encouraged to report suspected breaches of peace around them to the nearest security agencies,” he said.

Kaura Attack: Governor Yero Terminates Trip To US Peace Conference

Governor Mukhtar Yero,The Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, on Saturday suspended a trip to the United States where he was scheduled to attend a symposium on peace and security in northern Nigeria and returned to the country following Friday night’s attack on three villages in Kaura Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor who was already in the United Kingdom en-route the United States to attend the peace symposium organised by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), was billed to address the conference on the security challenges in the North and Kaduna State in particular.

However, he returned to Nigeria on receiving the sad news that some hoodlums have attacked villages in Kaduna and killed many innocent citizens.

The Governor departed Nigeria Friday morning and returned on Saturday without attending the peace conference after he got the news of the attack.

Governors of states in the north that are faced with challenges of insecurity were expected to attend the peace conference as well as lawmakers and investors from the US and Europe.

The aim of the conference according to the governor’s spokesman, Ahmed Maiyaki is to seek collaborative solutions to improving security as well as economic development of the North.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has carried out an assessment of the communities affected and victims with a view to commencing the process of providing relief to persons displaced from their homes.

Mr Maiyaki also advised the residents to dispel rumours of a reprisal attack in some parts of the state and to remain calm and shun rumours capable of escalating tension in the state.

The advice followed mass movement of Muslims out of Sabo Tasha area of the metropolis, popularly dominated by Christians over fear of a reprisal attack against them by the angry youths of the area in relation to the Friday night’s killings in Kaura.

4 killed, 1 church burnt as religious violence grips Kano

Religious violence has erupted in Bichi Local Government Area of Kano State and the incident has left four people dead, 15 shops and at least one church burnt and several people wounded.

This was revealed by eye witnesses who told our reporter in Kano, Idris Jibrin, that the violence erupted as a result of a communication breakdown between a non-Muslim tailor and a Muslim man over an inscription on a dress designed by the tailor.

According to some of the residents, the tailor had allegedly omitted two letters in the inscription, which signalled a change in the meaning of the inscription, and considered to be insulting to Muslims.

However, confirming the incident during a press briefing in Kano, the state capital, the State’s Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris maintained that there were no casualties in the violence and that the situation has been brought under control.