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The Department of State Security (DSS) has said it arrested Omoyele Sowore for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony.

DSS also confirmed that the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 election is in its custody.

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Concise News understands that Sowore was arrested on Saturday by operatives of the DSS in his Lagos residence over the planned #RevolutionNow protests set for Monday.

According to the DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya who spoke on Sunday in Abuja, the media guru is still with the body.

“These threats include threats of sabotage, threats of subversion, threat of terrorism and of course, ethnic agitations, separatist agitations, economic sabotage and others,” he said.

“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 added: “We want to use this opportunity to assure law abiding Nigerians and the world in general that come Aug. 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.”

In a related development, the Nigeria Police Force on Saturday vowed to resist any forceful change of government by any person or group, Concise News reports.

It added that the police would resist any act that can lead to a breach of law and order in the country, in their resolve to secure the nation and its people.

The police gave the warning in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Saturday hours after Omoyele Sowore was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).

According to the police, the planned protest by Sowore is convened with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country.

“The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land,” the statement said.

It added, “While acknowledging the rights of Nigerians to embark on protest, the Force wishes to note that such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which clearly is the meaning of ‘revolution.’

“Nigeria is a democratic republic and has well-defined processes for change of government, exercised periodically during various cycle of elections.”