“Why Yele Sowore Was Arrested” – DSS

The Department of State Services has said that rights activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 election, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, was arrested “for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony in the country.”

The agency called on Nigerians to disregard “threat of revolution” issued by Sowore.The security agency also confirmed that Sowore, who was to lead a group known as ‘Revolution Now’ on a protest slated for Monday, August 5, was in the its custody.

“#RevolutionNow …August 5th #DaysofRage until Nigeria is liberated! “- YeleSowore

The Public Relations Officer of DSS, Mr. Peter Afunanya, stated this while addressing newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

According to him, the DSS is charged with the responsibility of managing, curtailing, containing and eliminating threats against national security.

“These threats include threats of sabotage, threats of subversion, threat of terrorism and, of course, ethnic agitations, separatist agitations, economic sabotage and others.

“If we are operating as a responsible security organisation and someone is calling for revolution in Nigeria, we must understand the meaning of revolution.

“Primarily, it means a revolt, it means insurrection, it means insurgency, it means forceful takeover of government and we are operating democratic system in Nigeria.

“Nigeria is not a banana republic and cannot suddenly be made one. So, the DSS will not just sit by and watch individuals or groups wanting to rise and threaten the peace and unity of the country,” he said.

He said that there was apprehension and anxiety among citizens as to what would happen next because of the threat.

“We want to use this opportunity to assure law-abiding Nigerians and the world in general that come August 5, Nigeria will remain peaceful and there will be no revolution.

We want to also reiterate that the plot by some self-seeking individuals and group to cause a breakdown of law and order, cause disaffection, disrupt social and economic services will not be tolerated,” he said.

Afunanya said government had been elected democratically, adding that there would not be any forceful takeover by any individual or group.

The PRO said the DSS would work with other stakeholders to ensure that peace is maintained in the country.  He said that the service would do all it could within the law to discharge its responsibility to ensure peace and unity in Nigeria at all times.

(NAN)

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