The State Security Services (SSS) claims to have discovered a conspiracy to incite riots in order to undermine President Bola Tinubu's administration and security organisations.
The secret police announced this in a statement on Monday that was posted on its X account and was signed by SSS spokesman Peter Afunanya.
The statement claims that the protests are being organised by student leaders, youths, ethnic-based organisations, and dissatisfied groups.
Mr Afunanya, however, revealed that the service had identified the “ring leaders of the plot”, adding that they are currently being monitored.
The post, titled, ‘DSS Discovers Plot To State Violent Protests In The Country’, reads: “The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby informs the public that it has uncovered plans by some elements in parts of the country to stage violent protests in order to discredit the Federal Government and security agencies over sundry socio-economic matters.
“Intelligence reports have indicated that the plotters include certain politicians who are desperately mobilising unsuspecting student leaders, ethnic-based associations, youth and disgruntled groups for the planned action.
“Meanwhile, the service has identified the ring leaders of the plot as well as sustained monitoring around them in order to deter them from plunging the country into anarchy.
“In view of this development, university vice chancellors and heads of tertiary institutions are advised to discourage their students from engaging in acts capable of derailing public peace.
“Also, parents and guardians are enjoined to admonish their children and wards, respectively, to shun the lure of participating in inimical behaviours or conducts against law and order.
“While the DSS is aware of the government’s efforts and determination to resolve some of the challenges confronting the nation, it warns those desirous of subverting national security to retrace their steps.
“This is more so that it will not hesitate to legally come against persons and groups behind the devious plans."