DSS begins manhunt for hate preachers

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The Department of State Service said it had started looking for those behind series of hate preaching in the country, warning that it would deal ruthlessly with anyone causing trouble.

It also warned, in what it described in a very clear terms, all those it said were charting the course of disunity among Nigerians to desist from their divisive actions.

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.

Opuiyo 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.

Only recently, the Arewa Youths 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 arresting them.

But the DSS spokesperson regretted that the action of the Arewa Youths had been followed by a release from an unknown source styled, Niger Delta Watchdogs, threatening all northerners to quit 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 ethnic group 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 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, will 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 every length and breadth of the nation.

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