The Department of State Services (DSS) has moved the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, from Lagos to Abuja.
Sowore was picked up in the wee hours of yesterday from his Lagos residence and taken to the DSS office on CMD Road, Magodo, Lagos.
Information about his possible transfer from the Lagos facility to Abuja was given by the spokesman for the secret police, Mr. Peter Afunanya, who confirmed that Sowore, who was to lead the RevolutionNow protest scheduled for August 5 was in the custody of the DSS.
He said Sowore was arrested for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony in the country.
He explained that the service is charged with the responsibility of managing, curtailing, containing and eliminating threats against national security.
“These threats include threats of sabotage, threat of subversion, threat of terrorism and of course, ethnic agitations, separatist agitations, economic sabotage and others.
“If we are operating as a responsible security organisation and someone is calling for revolution in Nigeria, we must understand the meaning of revolution.
“Primarily, it means a revolt, it means insurrection, it means insurgency, it means forceful takeover of government and we are operating democratic system in Nigeria.
“Nigeria is not a banana republic and cannot suddenly be made one. So, the DSS will not just seat by and watch individuals or groups wanting to rise and threaten the peace and unity of the country,” he said.
He added that there had been apprehension and anxiety among citizens as to what would happen next because of the threat.
“We want to use this opportunity to assure law abiding Nigerians and the world in general that come August 5 Nigeria will remain peaceful and there will be no revolution.
“We want to also reiterate that the plot by some self seeking individuals and group to cause a breakdown of law and order, cause disaffection, disrupt social and economic services will not be tolerated,” he said.
Afunanya said the present administration was elected democratically, adding that there would not be any forceful takeover by any individual or group.
The DSS spokesman further said the service would work with other stakeholders to ensure that peace is maintained in the country.
Besides, Afunanya said the DSS would do all it could within the law to discharge its responsibility to ensure peace and unity in Nigeria at all times.