DSS Says It Has Identified Plotters Of Interim Government Ahead Of May 29
Department of State Service (DSS) says it has uncovered a plot to instigate the formation of an interim national government, before the May 29 hand over of power.
The agency on Wednesday in a statement says it has identified major players behind the plot, describing them as misguided political actors.
DSS in the statement signed by its spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunaya, did not name the identified plotters, but said they had been holding several meetings to actualize their agenda.
According to DSS, the plotters during the meetings, weighed several options, including prolonged violent protests which would lead to the declaration of a state of emergency.
Another option, according to DSS, is to sponsor what it termed frivolous injunctions in courts to prevent the handing over of power on May 29, 2023 at federal and state levels.
DSS advises the plotters to have a rethink, and the judiciary, civil society organizatons and the media to beware of the antics of the alleged plotters.
The agency said the aim was to plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
The statement reads: “The planners, in their many meetings, have weighed various options.
“These include, among others, sponsoring endless violent mass protests in major cities to warrant a declaration of a state of emergency.
“Another is to obtain frivolous court injunctions to forestall the inauguration of new executive administrations and legislative houses at the federal and state levels.
“The DSS supports the President and Commander-in-Chief in his avowed commitment to a hitch-free handover and will assiduously work in this direction.
“It also supports the Presidential Transition Council and other related bodies in the states.
“It will collaborate with them and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure seamless inaugurations come 29th May, 2023.
“Consequently, the Service strongly warns those organising to thwart democracy in the country to retract from their devious schemes and orchestrations.
“Stakeholders, notably judicial authorities, media and the civil society, are enjoined to be watchful and cautious to avoid being used as instruments to subvert peace and stability of the nation.
“While its monitoring continues, the DSS will not hesitate to take decisive and necessary legal steps against these misguided elements to frustrate their obnoxious intentions.”