SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, (THEWILL) – The Department of State Services, DSS, says the October 1 eviction notice from a coalition of Arewa youths to Igbos residing in the North is illegal and unconstitutional, revealing that it has commenced investigation to apprehend those who made the hate campaign and their sponsors.
The service stressed that the three-month relocation order was not only illegal, but was against the spirit of the Constitution, which provided for freedom of movement and association among others.
It warned persons causing disaffection and tension to immediately desist from such acts,
adding that the agency would stop at nothing to maintain peace and order in the country.
The security agency also said it would deal with those found culpable, while disclosing that it had launched an investigation to unmask sponsors of the recent wave of hate speeches and quit notice orders.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the agency said, “Only recently, the Arewa Youths in a press statement called for the relocation of the Igbos from the North. Unfortunately, this development has been followed by a release from an unknown source styled, Niger Delta Watchdogs, threatening all northerners to quit Niger Delta region.
“Meanwhile, 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. However, 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 3rd March, 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.
“Well-meaning and law abiding citizens and residents are enjoined to disregard persuasion by these tribal jingoists to make our beloved country a theatre of the absurd and blood-letting. It is time for us, Nigerians, to show our humanness and patriotism, which have been our defining strength as one united indivisible nation.
“The service has already commenced a detailed investigation to get the perpetrators of these hate campaigns as well as their sponsors. At the appropriate time all those involved in these condemnable acts will be unmasked and decisively dealt with in line with the laws of the land.”