Kano, Sokoto, Lagos, Kaduna, Oyo, Plateau, Other States, Targeted for Religious Uprising-DSS Alerts

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The Department of States Services has warned Nigerians that there are plans by some elements in the country working with external forces to incite religious uprising in the country.

The statement warned that some states including Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Plateau and other south east states have been targeted as flash points for the planned mayhem.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS), Peter Afunaya, and made available to Newsmen in Abuja.

The statement reads, “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to alert the public about plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country.

“Targeted states include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East.

“Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts, as well as, use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points.”

It added that, “Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another.

“While the Service pledges to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure that public order is maintained, those hatching these plots are warned to desist from such in the interest of peace, security and development of the country.

“However, law abiding citizens (and residents) are encouraged to report suspected breaches of peace around them to the nearest security agencies.”

Many Feared Killed As Explosion Rocks Lagos Community

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Many are feared dead after a massive explosion rocked Lagos on Sunday morning destroying houses in different parts of the state as residents of Surulere, Ijegun, Ikotun, Egbeda, Abule Ado, Okota, Isheri Olofin, FESTAC, Satellite Town said they were affected by the explosion.

“The roof of our building is off and a nearby school is on fire,” an Abule Ado resident told TheCable over the phone.

A resident of Egbeda said: “I was relaxing in the sitting room after returning from the church. Suddenly, I heard a loud bang and the doors shook like they were going to fall.”

The cause is yet to be known but an official of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) told newsmen that a pipeline exploded around Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin local government area of the state.

The Federal Fire Service tweeted that its men are making efforts to get information on the incident.

“We are in touch with our men in Fire Stations around Badagry and Festac, we are trying to gather more information as regards the reported explosion in Lagos State, Nigeria. We are on it,” the service tweeted.

As of the time of filing this report, there were no details of casualty.