SSS finally speaks on threat to Igbos by Northern groups

Arewa Youth Leaders Forum [Photo: FIDES Communications]
Arewa Youth Leaders Forum [Photo: FIDES Communications]

About two weeks after a coalition of Northern groups gave a three-month ultimatum to Igbos to leave Northern Nigeria, the State Security Service has reacted to the call.

The SSS, which has the “statutory mandate of ensuring the internal security of the country,” has been criticised by many Nigerians for not acting promptly to arrest those behind the call.

The call by the Northern coalition has been condemned by the Nigerian government, the UN, the Kaduna State government and several others with the government promising to ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigerians.

On Sunday, in a statement distributed by PR Nigeria on behalf of the SSS, the agency said it “has watched with keen interest the disturbing trend desperate and mischievous elements have tended to steer the ship of our nationhood to calamity and irretrievable destruction.”

The SSS said it is aware of the threat against Igbos as well as similar ones by other ethnic chauvinists.

The agency said “it will stop at nothing to deploy all resources at its disposal to identify and deal with all those culpable, as well as maintain peace and order in every length and breadth of the Nation.”

Read the full statement by the SSS below.

The Department of State Services (DSS) has watched with keen interest the disturbing trend desperate and mischievous elements have tended to steer the ship of our nationhood to calamity and irretrievable destruction.

Only recently, the Arewa Youths in a press statement called for the relocation of the Igbos from the North.

Unfortunately, this development has been followed by a release from an unknown source styled, Niger Delta Watchdogs, threatening all Northerners to quit Niger Delta region.

Meanwhile, another group went to the extent of harvesting from the internet, a horrific accident scene, for the purpose of making it look like a site of massacre of Igbo ethnic group by Northern youths.

However, the Service has been able to establish that the purported murder scene being depicted as a field of massacre was a high casualty accident scene which occurred along Owo-Akure road, Ondo State, on 3rd March, 2016.

Those involved in these misleading and despicable acts have since been warned to desist from anything capable of causing disaffection and stoking nationwide tensions.

Consequently, the Service, in line with its statutory mandate of ensuring the internal security of the country, wishes to inform the public that it will stop at nothing to deploy all resources at its disposal to identify and deal with all those culpable, as well as maintain peace and order in every length and breadth of the Nation.

To this effect, it warns, in very clear terms, all those who are charting the course of disunity among Nigerians to desist from their divisive actions. The Service is also not oblivious of the efforts of some miscreants to ignite fear and cause ethnic tensions across the country. It strongly condemns in its entirety the call for relocation of anyone to places against their wishes. Such relocation order is not only illegal, but it is strongly viewed to be against the spirit of our Constitution which allows for freedoms of movement and association among others.

The DSS, therefore, frowns at the tendency some ethnic chauvinists easily and cheaply resort to hate speeches, misinformation and total manipulation of information especially on the social media simply to fan the embers of discord and subvert the efforts of government in implementing its policies for the good of everyone.

Well-meaning and law-abiding citizens and residents are enjoined to disregard persuasions by these tribal jingoists to make our beloved country a theatre of the absurd and bloodletting. It is time for us, Nigerians, to show our humanness and patriotism which have been our defining strength as one united indivisible nation.

The Service has already commenced a detailed investigation to get the perpetrators of these hate campaigns as well as their sponsors. At the appropriate time, all those involved in these condemnable acts will be unmasked and decisively dealt with in line with the laws of the land.

The Service wants to reassure the entire populace that it will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that those who are bent on causing a breakdown of law and order are not spared.

Meanwhile, anyone with useful information is also encouraged to volunteer same to the Service or the nearest security agency/formation for prompt action.


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  • elvis

    What are you unmasking. Arrest the people that made the speech. Can’t just wait for this country to be divided.

    • Tunde

      Abi o! Unmask who? They were not wearing masks when they made the statements from a well known building now! Abi which kind of rubbiah is this! Double standards! Because it’s your children that lit the fire and their sponsors publicly backed them you decide to stay quiet but now you have spoken you want to unmask them first. Don’t worry the job will be taken off you soon! Wait, your time is almost up! Shior!

    • Dr

      The DSS should stop bothering its self, let the Biafrans. That is what they desire, let them go to their dream country.

  • ed

    Kaduna house location is unknown to SSS /DSS.
    DSS service didn’t say or do anything when the Northern Boys made the Kaduna declaration, as soon as the Niger Delta responded we’re now out to defend the Fulani’s monopoly on security forces leadership all in the name of one Nigeria?

    • Karl Imom

      Nonsense! Where was DSS when IPOB and MOSSOB were incorporated as agents of disunity? Where was DSS when Avengers was incorporated as agents of hate and death? You must not be living in a real world to expect that you excesses were not going to be responded to. The time Biafra is NOW!!

  • omibiga

    Investigating the perpetrators? Wonders shall never end! The DSS/SSS doesn’t know the signatories to the Igbo eviction order and does also not know Ango Abdullahi? What is hate speech? If somebody threatens to kill me if I fail to quit his neighbourhood within a given time and does so in a press conference, the DSS/SSS will term it hate speech? There can be no better demonstration of ethnic bias than this open support for the north as shown in this hackneyed statement.

    • Justice Equity

      When patriotic Nigerians were raising the alarm when buhari was fulanizing and Islamizing national security apparatchik, this was what they saw while ignorant f00ls were calling them wailers.this is one of many disadvantages of having one ethnicity and religion dominate national security apparatchik.

      • yosef

        You are laughable.

      • amazing2012

        See what Jonathan and CAN appointments during their satanic reign.
        1. . Ministry of Niger-Delta.
        2. Niger Delta Development Commission.
        3. Amnesty program after killing thousands of innocent people.
        4. Oil Producing state commission
        5. Contribution by oil companies.
        6. NGO’s contributions
        7. Special revenue from oil companies.
        8. Scholarships by oil companies.
        9. Scholarship awarded in thousands by Jonathan administration.
        10. Employment by Jonathan administration, breaching Federal character principles.
        11. Contract awarded to indigenes of Niger-Delta by oil companies, federal government, and international bodies.
        12. Enjoys 95% of federal appointments during Jonathan era !
        13. Loots more than any body in the history of stealing in Nigeria, even more than northern thieves.
        14. Various activities that generate uncountable amount of money to Niger-Delta militants
        I said so, that you started with bad step from your first speech when you mention Muslims and Islam. Please bring out Jonathan appointments, which was selected and backed by CAN.
        During Jonathan era, CAN become forth arm of his government and the most important one. To extent he assigned the president of CAN to purchase weapons to military.
        It is also on record the following appoints were made by CAN and Muslims never complain. Beside killing of thousand of innocent northerners at the hand of government (accused) Boko haram:
        Read please:
        1. NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA – (CHRISTIAN).
        Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance
        2. BRIGHT OKOGWU – DG Budget (CHRISTIAN).
        3. EMEKA EZE – DG BPP (CHRISTIAN).
        4. ARUNMA OTEH – DG SEC (CHRISTIAN).
        5. OSCAR ONYEMA – DG NSE(CHRISTIAN).
        6. CHIKE OBI – MD AMCON(CHRISTIAN).
        7. CHINELU ONUOHA – DG PENCOM(CHRISTIAN).
        8. GODWIN EMEFIELE – CBN Governor(CHRISTIAN).
        9: UCHE ORJI – M D Sovereign Wealth Fund(CHRISTIAN).
        10. SUNNY IROHA – DG Housing Fund(CHRISTIAN).
        11. EVELYN OPUTA – MD BANK OF INDUSTRY(CHRISTIAN).
        12. NNENNA ORJI – Chairman, (CHRISTIAN).Investments, Securities Tribunal
        13. ANYIM PIUS ANYIM – SGF(CHRISTIAN).
        14. DR. ANTHONY ANUFOROM – NIMET(CHRISTIAN).
        15. ENGR. ANDREW YAKUBU – NNPC(CHRISTIAN).
        16. PATRICK APOBOLOKEMI – NIMASA
        17. MRS. CHINEBO ANOHU AMAZU – PENCOM(CHRISTIAN).
        18. ENGR. CHUKWU AMUCHI – FERMA(CHRISTIAN).
        19. MR. GEORGE OSAHON – DPR(CHRISTIAN).
        20. MRS. EVELYN OPUTU – Bank of Industry(CHRISTIAN).
        21. ERNEST NWANPA – Nigerian Content Dev. Agency(CHRISTIAN).
        22.MRS. DUPE ATOKI – Consumer Protection Agency(CHRISTIAN).
        23. ENGR. EUGENE JUWAH – NCC(CHRISTIAN).
        24. ENGR. NNAMDI UDOH – NAMA(CHRISTIAN).
        25. ENGR. AKIKUOTU – NCAA(CHRISTIAN).
        26. GEORGE URIESI – FAAN(CHRISTIAN).
        27. CAPT. CHINERE KALU – NCATY(CHRISTIAN).
        28. DR. PAUL ORHII – NAFDAC(CHRISTIAN).
        29. Dr. (MRS) G.N. ELEMO – FIIRO(CHRISTIAN).
        30. ORON JOSHUA OKPO – Maritime Academy of Nigeria(CHRISTIAN).
        31. ENGR. SEYI SIJUWADE – Railway Corporation(CHRISTIAN).
        32. MRS. SALLY MBANEFOH – Nigerian Tourism Dev. Corporation(CHRISTIAN).
        33. DR. BRIGHT OKOGWU – Budget Office of the Federation(CHRISTIAN).
        34. PROF. GODSWILL OBIOMA – NERDC(CHRISTIAN).
        35. MR. R.R. ORYA – NEXIM(CHRISTIAN).
        36. DR. JOSEPH ODUMODU – (CHRISTIAN).Standards Organisation of Nigeria
        37. EMEKA NKEM MBA(CHRISTIAN). – Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation
        38. PROF. LONGMAS WAPMUK – Industrial Training Fund(CHRISTIAN).
        39. PROF. JULIUS OKOJIE – National Universities Commission(CHRISTIAN).
        40. MRS. N.S. BENEBO – NESREA(CHRISTIAN).
        41. DR. PRECIOUS GBENJO – MDG Office(CHRISTIAN).
        42. PETER CHIGOZIE – Surveyor General of the Federation(CHRISTIAN).
        42. DR. YEMI KALE – Statistician General of the Federation(CHRISTIAN).
        44. MR. JONAH OTUNLA – Accountant General of the Federation(CHRISTIAN).
        45. SAMUEL YONONGO UKARA – Auditor General of the Federation(CHRISTIAN).
        46. MIKE OMIERI – National Orientation Agency(CHRISTIAN).
        47. OLUREMI OYO – News Agency of Nigeria (OLUREMI OYO was replaced by IMA NIBORO from the South South)
        (CHRISTIAN).
        48. DAVID I. ADELUGBA – NEPC E/S(CHRISTIAN).
        49.MR. OLUGBENGA KUYE – NEPZA(CHRISTIAN).
        50. Even mad man PETER GODSDAY ORUBEBE – (CHRISTIAN).Niger Delta Ministry, etc
        OUT OF 50 APPOINTMENTS ONLY 1 is from the north. No.15 Andrew Yakubu GMD NNPC. Also a CHRISTIAN !

    • amazing2012

      Ethnic bias, it is when Kanu and other sadists for 3 years call for deaths and war in Nigeria (watch the videos on Utube) and NO IGBO LEADER ever fault his satanic campaign. To make worst, the whole deputy senate president went to bail him and was received with jubilation by all Igbo states governors. This is ethnic bias, sentiment, and stupidity. They support bad and Criminality ! Presently Igbos are calling for the release of dried led kidnapper and armed robber Evens, simply because he is Igbo !
      Crime, and criminality will not leave Igbos until they standout to condemn bad eggs among them !! They are biased, sadists and hopeless entity !!!

      • Netanyahu

        So Tajudeen that started that nonsense because Saraki was acquitted by the CCT headed by your people has become ignoman too just to justify your hatred for Igbos?

        • amazing2012

          Who started Before Tajjudeen ?
          The first curse on Nigeria started with the first coup, caused by the cursed race !

  • Justice Equity

    God is against measuring with unequal scales, Nigeria must be governed according to the rule of law without any fear or favor.
    Those who gave Nigerians quit notice from their nation even when they are saying that Nigeria unity is not negotiable, have committed an offence against the nation and must be so treated. Injustice, inequalities and unfairness is what KANU is fighting with his agitation, if Nigeria must be united, there should be no body above the law.

    • amazing2012

      Kanu (watch his Video on Utube) states he will burn Nigeria to ashes and claimed they have missiless and enough scientists to kill everybody in Nigeria !

      • uche roberts

        “Injustice, inequalities and unfairness is what KANU is fighting with his agitation, if Nigeria must be united, there should be no body above the law.”

        • amazing2012

          Is that why he said he will burn the country and call to kill all its inhabitants ?

      • PolyGon2013

        Kanu can’t do nothing. Let him try it and see how his people (ibo) will be floored to ashes.

      • Netanyahu

        Hafonja, hafonja. How many times did I call you? Improve your “hinglish” before coming to this forum.

    • Karl Imom

      Why is KANU fighting rather than just GO? Why is it NOT a sin for Igbos to demand to leave Nigeria, but a sin to demand that they should leave?

  • Arabakpura

    This statement is very unfortunate and quite belated! It is the belatedness that gave impetus to the other threats! DSS: you are a big shame!

    • MilitaryPolice01

      That is an exemplification of ineptitude. Response two weeks after the threat tells you everything you need to know.

  • amazing2012

    Good ! It is a welcome development. May god help you !! Amen

  • MilitaryPolice01

    It is quite clear that the Daura Security Service would not have responded were it not for subsequent reactionary threats from other regions across the nation. Ineptitude in perfect illustration.

    • Irumundomon

      Education is good, buhari should hurry up his radiation and come home to continue his hateful govt

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    Igbo whose leadership have been part of every coalition government from Balewa, Shagari & in PDP from 1999 – 2015 need to be reminded that they have stake in Nigeria worth protecting.
    Nigeria would have been a better place without Igbo and the bad governments we have had to date.
    No group or tribe has a right to intimidate, blackmail or hold Nigeria to ransom for a chance to loot our commonwealth as before.
    Igbo should play opposition politics for 30 years. None of them deserve my vote.

    • Irumundomon

      Your vote, unfortunately, in a jungle country called Nigeria, is just one wasteful vote. You hate them, love the hausa, it is if no importance, move on.

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        I voted for Jonathan in 2011 & realised that he was a disaster by 2013.
        I support Buhari today. I will want him out tomorrow if he turn bad. I am apolitical.
        I hate seeing my people arguing like Igbo.

        • share Idea

          So up-till now you have not realised that you contributing to Buhari coming to power has done irraparable damage to the country. Nigeria we hail thee

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            I know that most of you have no clue, how democracy works. Buhari is our best chance of a better Nigeria today.
            Buhari in a hospital bed is better than 1 million Jonathan or anything Igbo could produce. .9 Probability of being a looter.

          • Factsay

            You are sick from igbo syndrome. The symptoms are likeness for backwardness, envy, hate and dislike for light.

            I recommend Igbo-pill for your recovery that will turn u from baboon to a human being

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            I am sorry for you morons.

        • Irumundomon

          This is a simple and short education for you, I dont know your age, is really immaterial here. What good thing, can you trace to buhari and his govt, that jonathan lack, and also what fraud was dissociated with jonathan, that you can’t find in abundance in this government.
          They asked buhari In london, before he fell sick, if he would be very happy, to have a country without opposition. He probably did not understand the premise, or old age failed him.
          Buhari, has come to destroy nigeria, we all know it, we will all find this out many years down the road. At 80 years, every Nigerian I knew, thought buhari would unite the country, but he has divided that nation, it will continue from where he left it. All that glitters are not gold, look all this old man one more time, he is a bad old man, and above all, a very bias and vindictive fellow.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            I lived through the civil war.
            Buhari is fighting corruption, boko haram, biafra miscreants, ijaw pipelines vandals & recovering our stolen money more than ever before.
            He is rebuilding our roads, Airports & build new Standard Railway line more than ever before.
            If you call that destroying Nigeria, God help you.

  • walter enang

    LUGARD ON NIGERIAN TRIBES

    *The handover notes Lord Lugard wrote to his colleague, Walter H. Lang, on the 25th of September 1918. The quote reads inter alia:*

    HAUSA
    The Hausa-Fulani has no ideals, no ambitions save such as sensual in character. He is a fatalist, spendthrift and a gambler. He is gravely immoral and is seriously diseased that he is a menace to any community to which he seeks to attach himself

    YORUBA
    Lagos has for 20 years opposed every Governor and has formented strife and bloodshed in the hinterland…, I have spent the best part of my life in Africa; my aim has been the betterment of the natives for whom I have been ready to give my life. But after some 29 years, and after nearly 12 years as Governor here, I am free to say that the people of Lagos and indeed the westerners are the lowest, the most seditious and disloyal, the most purely prompted by self-seeking money motives of any people I have met.

    IGBO
    These people of predominantly Eastern Nigeria are fiercely rebellious with no regard for authority. Though industrious and religious, in deference to the objectives of her majesty and the crown, they are highly dangerous to be trusted with power.

    QUESTION:
    If you’re a manager or an administrator, what choices would you make in advancing your objectives? What would be your strategy in working with these 3 groups? Discuss. You may ask for extra paper.

    • PolyGon2013

      What do you expect from Lord Lugard? He is only answering to his power in London. In other words, I don’t believe any of his words. In other words, he is a liar or you made this up. From time immemorial, oyinbo knew quite well that Yoruba are the most advanced nation in Nigeria.

  • Watch man

    Nonsense, irresponsible and ethnocentric response from SSS. It took you guys weeks to respond to what is capable of stirring uprising in the country. Shame on you (Daura State Services, DSS).

    • Karl Imom

      How long did it take DSS to respond to IPOB and MOSSOB? The time for Biafra to leave Nigeria is NOW!

  • PolyGon2013

    The rest of Nigeria should be scheming for ibo to leave Nigeria. The way to start is simple. Do not allow them to own any property in your community. Devices means to tax them until they cannot make profit and pack their business up. There is no need for war. Simple economic blockade is enough to drive them back to Biafra.

    • Factsay

      Better. So that witches will finally face their families. Obas can now start fighting each other . We can’t wait for that glorious day when the sun rises in Biafra

    • Huck231

      YOUR GRAND FATHERS DID IT, BUT THE IGBOS ARE STRONGER TODAY ECONOMICALLY. MUMU. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HUMAN PURPOSE. CONTINUE TO DAY DREAM.

  • thusspokez

    “has watched with keen interest the disturbing trend desperate and mischievous elements have tended to steer the ship of our nationhood to calamity and irretrievable destruction.”I wonder if the SSS spokesperson understands what “mischievous” means. If so, how do one describe the act of calamity and irretrievable destruction of a nationhood as merely, “mischievous”?