The Department of State Service (DSS) is aware of plans by subversive elements to disrupt the Inauguration programmes in various parts of the country. National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP gathered that their aim is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public.
To this effect, the DSS through its National PRO, Dr. Peter Afunanya, is advising the citizenry, 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.
NAOSNP can report that this security protocol is more important so that undesirable acts will be prevented from serving their purpose of destroying national unity and cohesion. Additionally, all unauthorised (and unaccredited) persons are warned to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues.
The Service reiterates its earlier call for the populace to remain calm and law abiding. Meanwhile, it will continue to sustain collaboration with sister agencies to ensure successful inaugurations.
It would be recalled that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC), Mr. Boss Mustapha in a World Press Conference held on 18th May, 2023 had 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.