The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested two suspects, Sharu Abubakar Tabula and Isma’il Iliyasu Mangu, for deliberately inciting violence in parts of Kano State ahead of the Governorship and House of Assembly election on Saturday.
According to DSS, the suspects, in recorded messages, specifically championed certain political interests and directly called on their supporters to violently attack those opposed to them, including security personnel.
In a statement issued by the Service Spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, a particular political party has also threatened to organise a protest in the metropolis as well as storm the offices of some of the security agencies today in solidarity with the suspects.
“While the Service alerts the public of this planned illegal action, it calls on the concerned party to shelve it forthwith or be ready to face the consequences.
“The DSS assures that it will not idly watch misguided persons or groups undermine the peace and security of the state. The leadership of the said party should rein in its members and urge them to desist from conducts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in Kano and its environs before, during and after the scheduled election.
“Meanwhile, the Service is collaborating with sister security agencies to ensure that adequate security is provided for a successful electoral exercise.
“Aside from Kano, the Service recently arrested similar subversive elements that threatened violence in other States of the Federation. It would be recalled that it had on 8th March 2023, enjoined politicians to engage constructively and shun violence, fake news and hate speech.
“It reiterates the call for political players to abide by the letters of the electoral act and guidelines. All and sundry are advised to positively contribute to the sustenance of peace and democracy in Nigeria.”