The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested yet to be identified social media users who posted “inciting materials and misleading statements”. DSS public relations officer, Peter Afunanya, who disclosed this in a statement today accused the individuals of instilling fear in the minds of Nigerians.
Afunaya said the DSS has observed with concern, the deliberate plots and attempts by some subversive and undemocratic elements to incite or pit one ethnic group against the other by stoking the embers of tribal sentiments to cause disaffection and violence across the country.
He said these unpatriotic actors make unguarded public statements and use the social media platforms to instill fear in the minds of citizens. The DSS said such inciting materials oftentimes are designed to make or convey false accusations by one group against the other.
Afunaya warned individuals involved in such “divisive acts and tendencies to desist forthwith. He also enjoined community leaders and persons of to be most responsible in their utterances as well as rein in their people for national cohesion and peaceful co-existence.
The DSS encouraged aggrieved persons and groups to use dialogue as a true means of non violent resolution of disputes or any misgivings. Afunanya added that the country could only achieve greatness when it is united.