- * Urges Citizens, Media, CSOs, Others Not To Inflame Passions
By Celestine Okafor (Editor-in-chief) @CelestineOkaf11
The Department of State Security (DSS) has issued a public alert over what it described as "plans by subversive elements to disrupt" the May 29 power handover programmes in parts of the country.
The State Security Service said the aim of the alleged plot is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public.
DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunnanya, who issued the alert in a statement on Thursday morning, May 25, 2023, warned that the Service will not take kindly to acts of subversion that would ultimately compromise the security of the country during the period of power transition.
Based on the alert, the DSS advised the 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. Additionally, all unauthorised (and unaccredited) persons are warned to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues".
Afunnanya recalled that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) on May 18, 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, according to Dr Afunnanya, reiterates its earlier call for the populace to remain calm and law abiding. He stated that his organization (the DSS) will continue to sustain collaboration with sister agencies to ensure successful inaugurations. NNL.