May 29: Stay Away From Inauguration Venues, DSS Warns Trouble Makers

By Miriam Humbe

The Department of State Services, (DSS) has warned troublemakers and those with the intention to cause mischief to stay away from venues of the May 29 hand-over in the States they’re holding.

Public Relations Officer in the
Department of State Services
National Headquarters
Abuja, Peter Afunanya gave this warning in a statement signed on Thursday.

The DSS therefore warned all unauthorised and unaccredited persons to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues.

The Service said it was aware of plans by subversive elements to disrupt the programmes in parts of the country.

The DSS said that this was meant 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.

Based on these, the DSS advised citizens, the media and Civil Society Organisations to adhere strictly to security and civil protocols during the events.

DSS also urged all to shun fake news, false alarms, skewed reportage and 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.

The Service reiterates its earlier call for the populace to remain calm and law abiding.

Meanwhile, DSS said it would continue to sustain collaboration with sister agencies to ensure successful inaugurations.

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