Written by on March 30, 2023

The Department of State Services, DSS has confirmed a plot “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Tinubu from being inaugurated as President.

According to the DSS, the plot includes embarking on violent protests nationwide to engineer the declaration of a state of emergency as well as frivolous court injunctions to stall the inauguration.

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, by DSS spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya.

It read in part that, “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria. The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis”.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace-loving Nigerians.
This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

There have been agitations for the President-elect, Bola Tinubu not to be inaugurated on May 29, 2023, based on complaints by his opponents at the presidential election.

Vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Datti Baba-Ahmed, specifically called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Olukayode Ariwoola not to inaugurate Tinubu, tagging it an “illegality”.

Some protesters also went to the Defence Headquarters building in Abuja on Tuesday to protest the outcome of the Presidential election in what might be understood as an invitation for military intervention.

Afunanya alleged that some protests are being sponsored. “The planners, in their many meetings, have weighed various options, which include, among others, to sponsor endless violent mass protests in major cities to warrant a declaration of State of Emergency. Another is to obtain frivolous court injunctions to forestall the inauguration of new executive administrations and legislative houses at the Federal and State levels”.

Afunanya added that the DSS supports the President and Commander-in-Chief in his avowed commitment to a hitch-free handover and will assiduously work in this direction. It also supports the Presidential Transition Council and such other related bodies in the States. It will collaborate with them and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure seamless inaugurations come 29th May 2023.

Consequently, the Service strongly warns those organising to thwart democracy in the country to retract from their devious schemes and orchestrations. “Stakeholders, notably judicial authorities, media and the Civil Society, are enjoined to be watchful and cautious to avoid being used as instruments to subvert peace and stability of the nation”.

While its monitoring continues, the DSS says it will not hesitate to take decisive and necessary legal steps against these misguided elements to frustrate their obnoxious intentions.

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