The Federal Government on Monday accused some opposition leaders of alleged plot to unleash violence on 10 states in the North.
It also said some mercenaries have been hired from Niger Republic to attack key government functionaries including some governors in the North-West.
The Nation reports that The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed raised the alarm at a briefing in Abuja.
He said the uncovering of the plans to orchestrate violence followed intelligence report.
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.
He said some mercenaries from Niger Republic had been hired to attack top government officials including state governors.