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SSS alleges plot to destabilise Kano over March 18 elections

The State Security Service has arrested two suspects over call and deliberate incitement for violence in parts of Kano. It claimed a political party planned to storm the offices of security agencies on March 16 in solidarity with the suspects. SSS spokesman Peter Afunanya disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

The secret service said the suspects had separately recorded messages and shared them through various social media channels. ”In those potentially harmful messages, they specifically championed certain political interests and called on their supporters to violently attack those opposed to them,” said Nigeria’s secret police. ”The suspects also called for attacks on security personnel during the Saturday’s governorship and house of assembly election in the state.” The SSS added, “A particular political party in Kano threatened to organise (a) protest march in the metropolis as a result of the planned attacks.”

“While the service alerts the public of this planned illegal action, it calls on the concerned party to shelve it forthwith or be ready to face the consequences. The DSS will not idly watch misguided persons or groups undermine the peace and security of the state,” the SSS statement said. It urged the party’s leadership to rein in its members and desist from conduct capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in Kano and its environs before, during and after the scheduled election.

According to the statement, the SSS is collaborating with other security agencies to ensure adequate security for Saturday’s elections. It said SSS had arrested “similar subversive elements” that threatened violence in other states.


Source: Peoples Gazette



What I’ll do if Tinubu invites me into his govt – Peter Obi

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has said he would not accept any offer to be part of Bola Tinubu’s Government of National Unity. Tinubu, the president-elect and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been dragged to court by Obi over the outcome of the February 25 election. The camp of the APC candidate had hinted that the former Lagos Governor would form an all-inclusive government to carry all his opponents along in his government.

While featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, Obi was asked what he would do if he was called upon to be a member of Tinubu’s Government of National Unity. In his response, Obi said he was still challenging the process of the election and the declaration. According to him, the process of the election should be put right first before anyone could talk of the Government of National Unity.

“The first thing I want to see is that the process is right. The process through which you achieve anything is far more fundamental than what you do thereafter. Let us go back first, I am challenging the process and the declaration. “Until we get it right, then we can talk about a government of national unity. Otherwise, we would go and sit down and say that those who stopped a train and kidnapped people can call us to discuss peace when they have people in captivity. Until things are done rightly, we will be encouraging what we don’t need to encourage,” he said.

When he was asked whether or not he would accept the outcome if it is not in his favour, Obi said he would be shocked if the court upholds Tinubu’s election. His words: “Issues about the election will be sorted out in court. I will be shocked if this country goes on with that situation. It will then stand that it is a corporate criminalised country. We can’t allow it. We need to start unbundling this criminality.

“When people were talking about structure, it is this fraud and criminality that we witnessed that they were talking about, and we want to unbundle it for the sake of our children.” The former Anambra State governor said he believes the judiciary would do the right thing.


Source: Dailypost