Department of State Services on Tuesday said it had uncovered plots by unnamed groups to destabilise Nigeria during the Yuletide.
In what has become a routine exercise,bthe the agency failed to provide specific details of the said plots.
The agency had issued similar alerts in the past which did not materialise.
In tact, during the last general elections, the agency and the Nigerian military and police issued alerts that were later debunked be Nigerians.
In the latest alert issued by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the agency said: “Department of State Services (DSS) has uncovered syndicated plots by some undesirable groups to cause a breakdown of law and order in various parts of the country including Abuja.
“The arrangement is to instigate protests, mass action and violence with a view to causing anarchy and destabilizing the country. These predetermined actions have been designed to take place simultaneously in the major cities across the geopolitical zones in the coming weeks. This is more so that the plotters are also targeting the yuletide seasons to accomplish their sinister motives.
“Considering the implications of these on public safety and national security, the Service wishes to warn the anti-democratic elements responsible for these heinous plots to desist forthwith from their inglorious acts.
Consequently parents are advised to rein in their wards and enjoin them not to allow themselves to be used to foment trouble. Similarly, Heads of academic and public institutions are to warn their students and employees respectively from engaging in any untoward activity against public order.
“The Service and other sister agencies are at alert and will ensure that peace and security are maintained in all parts of the country before, during and after the festive periods.
“Law-abiding citizens are equally encouraged to go about their normal businesses without fear but report any suspected persons or breach of peace to the nearest security office to them.”
The latest alert may have been a reaction to a warning by a former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alexander Ogomudia, that violent restructuring of the nation was imminent.
Also, there have been protests against the Buhari administration’s refusal to release the Publisher of Saharareporters Omoyele Sowore and an associate Mandate Bakare, from DSS custody despite two court orders granting them bail.