DSS WARNS AGAINST UNRULY BEHAVIOURS AND NON-ADHERENCE TO PROTOCOLS DURING INAUGURATION ACTIVITIES
The Department of State Service (DSS), have stated that the service is aware of plans by subversive elements to disrupt the programmes in parts of the country. The aim is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public.
It would be recalled that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) on 18th May, 2023 held a World Press Conference during which he announced activities for the Presidential inauguration. The major highlight of the activities is the swearing-in of the President on 29th May, 2023 in Abuja. On the same date, new Governors will also be inaugurated in most of the States.
The service further urged citizens, the media and Civil Society Organisations to adhere strictly to security and civil protocols during the events. They are also urged to shun fake news, false alarms, skewed reportage/narratives and sensationalism that may likely inflame division, tension and violence prior to and after the exercises. This is more so that such undesirable acts will serve no purpose other than destroying national unity and cohesion.
They further warned all unauthorised (and unaccredited) persons to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues.