DSS Warns Arewa youths, N’Delta militants, others Over Hate Speech

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The Department of State Services has warned groups including northern youths and the Niger Delta militants against hate speeches.

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The DSS, which stated this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja on Sunday, said it had observed how some Nigerians had been preaching hate in the last few weeks.

The DSS spokesperson described the trend as disturbing and warned those he called desperate and mischievous elements, to stop in their attempt to steer the ship of Nigeria to calamity and irretrievable destruction.

He also warned all those it said were charting the course of disunity among Nigerians to desist from their divisive actions.

Recently, a coalition of some Arewa youth groups had in a press statement called for the relocation of the Igbo from the North.

More than 10 days after the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, ordered their arrest, none of the security agencies had made attempt at apprehending them.

But Opuiyo regretted that the action of the Arewa youths had been followed by a release from an unknown source styled, the Niger Delta Watchdogs, threatening all northerners to quit the Niger-Delta region as well.

He said that 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 by northern youths.

He, however, said that 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 the Owo-Akure Road, Ondo State, on March 3, 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, he said that the service, in line with its statutory mandate of ensuring the internal security of the country, would 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 the country.

“To this effect, all those who are charting the course of disunity among Nigerians must desist from their divisive actions,” he warned.

He added, “The service is also not oblivious of the efforts of some miscreants to ignite fear and cause ethnic tensions across the country.

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