The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has raised an alarm over an alleged plot by the opposition leaders unleash violence on 10 states in the Northern part of the country.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, the minister disclosed that intelligence report reaching the federal government has shown that some mercenaries have been hired from the Niger Republic to attack key government functionaries including some governors in the North-West.
He said: “As you are aware, Nigeria goes to the polls just 27 days from now. However, the Federal Government is in possession of credible intelligence to the effect that widespread violence being orchestrated by the opposition is threatening the 2019 general elections.
“Before you accuse the government of crying wolf, let me tell you, gentlemen, that we have credible intelligence that armed bandits and Boko Haram insurgents have been mobilized to engage in massive attacks and other acts of violence in several states across the country, including Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara.
“The Benue-based armed criminal group, led by Terwase AKWAZA, also known as Gana, has been commissioned to strike soft targets in Benue, Nasarawa, and Taraba States.
“In Kano State, a group of notorious miscreants have been mobilized by some prominent opposition leaders to provoke massive chaos before, during and after the elections.