Rumours of terrorist movement into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other states in Nigeria has been dismissed by the Department of State Services (DSS)
The DSS further debunked claim that luxury buses of three major transport companies, namely; GUO, Ezenwata, and Young Shall Grow vehicles were hijacked on the Lokoja-Okene road by bandits, describing as an ethnic agenda.
The spokesman, Peter Afunanya, in a statement said the alert on Boko Haram movement was fake and has been in circulation since 2013 “when it was first created by mischief makers whose handiwork is to cause chaos”.
He said the attack on the buses which were carrying a particular ethnic group to their local base was first created then to deceive and incite unsuspecting persons.
Afunanya urged Nigerians to disregard such news as false.
He said “DSS wishes to dismiss them as non-existent and therefore describe them as a figment of the imagination of their creators”, he noted.
“The elusive stories are merely designed by some zealots to instigate ethno-religious and political crises of violent and destructive dimensions across the country.
“It has, however, become obvious that the main aim of engaging in these undesirable actions is to also undermine national security for the achievement of some ulterior goals.
He noted that the service does not support the continuous exploitation of social, religious and tribal differences by purveyors of doom to ignite extreme violent actions among the populace.
“While security and law enforcement agencies are totally committed to sustaining maximum efforts in ensuring public safety in the Nation, citizens are enjoined to disregard these deceitful reports that do not emanate from the Service and go about their normal businesses.
“Considering that security is a collective responsibility of all and sundry, everyone is advised to be more committed in this regard and report suspicious persons to relevant security agencies nearest to them.”
The DSS promised that it would continue to join sister agencies to ensure adequate protection for the people, government and critical infrastructure.