2023: DSS Issues Strong Warning, Says Some People Planning To Cause Trouble During Gov Election
The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned that it won’t allow any person or group of persons to cause chaos and destabilize the peace in Nigeria.
This is as the DSS revealed that there are plans by some sinister people to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country by hiding under the conduct of the 2023 governorship and state assembly elections.
The secret police however said it is working with other security agencies to forestall the planned disturbance and warned those behind the plans to back off.
The DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The statement said the DSS has “observed that some of the (political) players are at daggers drawn with one another. The development holds dire consequences to national peace and stability.
“It is in view of these that the Service warns politicians and their supporters to engage constructively
“Everyone is advised to shun fake news, hate speech and such other utterances that may be inimical to peaceful co-existence. Election should not be seen as a do-or-die affair. There is no basis for anyone to take laws into their hands.
“This is even more so that aggrieved persons can take advantage of our courts and seek redress. We should have faith in our institutions. Over this election period, the Service has remained committed to providing conducive environment for a peaceful exercise.
“In this regard, it separately and in collaboration with sister agencies, carried out mop-up operations to thwart nefarious plans and activities of undesirable elements to outrightly undermine the electoral processes.
“For hitch-free gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, the Service has partnered with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the required peace is maintained before, during and after the exercises.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Service will work to make sure that no person or group, no matter how highly placed, disrupts the scheduled elections in any part of the Federation. It is committed to the safety and security of citizens who may wish to go out to exercise their civic responsibility.”