DSS Warns Against Unruly Behaviours During Inauguration Activities

Department of State Services Wants Strict Adherence To Security And Civil Protocols During Inauguration Activities

12:49 PM WAT, Thu May 25, 2023

The Department of State Services has called on the citizens, the media and Civil Society Organisations to adhere strictly to security and civil protocols during Inauguration Activities.

The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Dr. Peter Afunanya who made the call in a statement issued to news men on the 25th May, 2023 noted that the major highlight of the activities is the swearing-in of the President on 29th May, 2023 in Abuja, and on the same date, new Governors will also be inaugurated in most of the States. 

The Service states that it is aware of plans by subversive elements to disrupt the programmes in parts of the country. 

According to him, the aim is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public. 

"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". 

"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 lawlaw-abidingeanwhile, it will continue to sustain collaboration with sister agencies to ensure successful inaugurations" said Afunanya.

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.