The Department of State Services (DSS) has claimed that there are plans by some unnamed persons to disrupt Monday’s inauguration ceremonies.
Via a statement signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS Public Relations Officer, on Thursday, the DSS said these plans were hatched to create panic and fear amongst members of the public.
The secret police warned unauthorised and unaccredited persons to stay away from inauguration venues across the country.
This statement read in part, “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 is, however, 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.
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“Based on these, citizens, the media and Civil Society Organisations are advised 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.
“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.”
This is not the first time the DSS would warn of plans to disrupt the peaceful transition of power.
On March 29, the secret police warned of plans to form a parallel government, but failed to name the persons behind those plans.
It said, “The planners, in their many meetings, have weighed various options, which include, among others, to sponsor endless violent mass protests in major cities to warrant a declaration of State of Emergency. Another is to obtain frivolous court injunctions to forestall the inauguration of new executive administrations and legislative houses at the Federal and State levels.”
With its latest warning, the DSS has repeated that there are plans for violence, but still won’t name suspects.
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