Nigerians have taken to social media to express their reactions to a claim by the Department of State Services (DSS) that it has uncovered plans by some elements in parts of the country to stage violent protests across the country.
Recall that the DSS, in a statement issued on Monday by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said the planned protests are to discredit the Federal Government and security agencies over sundry socio-economic matters.
The secret police stated that intelligence reports have indicated that the plotters include certain politicians who are desperately mobilising unsuspecting student leaders, ethnic-based associations, youth and disgruntled groups for the planned action.
The Service added that it had identified the ring leaders of the plot as well as sustained monitoring around them in order to deter them from plunging the country into anarchy.
DSS noted that while it is aware of the government’s efforts and determination to resolve some of the challenges confronting the nation, it warns those desirous of subverting national security to retrace their steps.
Following the statement, some netizens took to the micro-blogging platform, X, formerly known as Twitter, to slam the secret agency for always issuing statements instead of doing its job.
See some of the reactions below.
@General_Oluchi wrote: “Putting out a statement first before arresting innocent people.
“The lack of logic in your department is that you can’t stop people from protesting until they become violent. That action hasn’t been taken, so your jumping to warn or scare people is delusional. I know you don’t operate by the law, but be aware that you cannot stop people from protesting!”
@PrisciliaAmadi wrote: “There is no plot, you people are raising alarm to justify your intended actions. Nigerians have been too peaceful in the face of constant gaslighting, threats and abuse of human rights
“We have eyes on the Judiciary, and you people cannot threaten us to overlook the Nigerian CONSTITUTION and electoral laws.”