Nigeria on edge as plot to ignite violent protests on Wednesday following election tribunal ruling uncovered President Tinubu meets security chiefs
The Nigerian State Security Service (DSS) has warned that a plot to spark violent protests in parts of the country has been uncovered by vigilant undercover officers.
The warning was given Monday on the micro-blogging site X following the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) directive for a warning strike and the much anticipated verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPT) expected to be delivered on Wednesday, September 6th.
Security meeting at the Presidential Villa
“The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby informs the public that it has uncovered plans by some elements in parts of the country to stage violent protests in order to discredit the Federal Government and security agencies over sundry socio-economic matters.” The statement signed by Peter Afunaya the department’s spokesman read.
It further stated that according to intelligence reports gathered by undercover agents the plotters which includes unnamed politicians have recruited “student leaders, ethnic based associations, youth and disgruntled groups for the planned action.”
The domestic spy agency also confirmed that the suspects are already under surveillance and its agents were ready for pre-emptive action to prevent malcontents from plunging the country into anarchy.
DSS HQ Abuja
Heads of educational establishments, parents and guardians were told to advise their wards from partaking in any planned protests as it will come down hard on “those desirous of subverting national security to retrace their steps. This is more so that it will not hesitate to legally come against persons and groups behind the devious plans.”
The Nigerian president who is slated to leave for the G-20 summit in Delhi which will be held over two days, on September 9 and 10 met security chiefs and the defence minister behind close doors Monday at the Presidential Villa.
The Court of Appeal Registrar Umar Bangari confirmed earlier to Channels Television on Monday, saying the PEPT proceedings will be open to live broadcast by interested television stations on Wednesday.
The Labour Party (LP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), as well as their presidential candidates, had petitioned the tribunal seeking to nullify the election of Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.
The president if his election is annulled will be attending a two-day summit that will be attended by leaders and delegates from 40 countries, including the 20 member states.
Akowe with reports from Abuja