Lagos – The Department of State Service (DSS) has promised to live above board and be professional in their conducts during the fast approaching general elections.
In a press release on Monday by Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of the Service, DSS said that it would ensure the detection and prevention of threats and other criminalities against the internal security of the country.
It also warned that it would not condone any fake news in the run off to the elections, as well as speeches that would elicit ethnic and tribal sentiment.
“As Nigerians go to the polls to elect their leaders at the national and state levels, the Department of State Services enjoins all stakeholders – politicians, citizens, voters, observers, electoral officers, the media, Civil Society Organizations and security operatives to be law-abiding and observe the rules of engagement as doing so is germane to the success of the exercise. The Service commits itself to the provision of adequate security throughout the period of the electoral process.
“The DSS will professionally discharge its statutory mandate which, among others, is to detect and prevent threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria. Also, it will appropriately engage stakeholders.
“This is for the protection and success of the elections. Therefore, ensuring security that will make the electoral process noble and acceptable to participants and their supporters is uppermost to the Service. In this regard, the Service is determined to identify and arrest criminals and their collaborators whose activities are counter to the national objective of achieving peaceful and orderly elections.
“Similarly, the Service will not condone fake news, incendiary or hate speeches designed to whip up dangerous ethnic, religious and/or political sentiments capable of stoking the embers of violence.
“Consequently, prospective law breakers are forewarned to steer clear of acts capable of undermining national security and stability. The Service will, however, not stand idly and watch miscreants and mischief makers bring avoidable chaos and disorder upon the nation.”
The DSS implored all to give support to both the INEC and security agencies in their efforts to ensure free and fair general elections.
“The public is implored to support security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission to undertake violence free elections. In the same vein, law abiding citizens and residents are entreated to timely avail these agencies information regarding suspected thuggery, theft of electoral materials, violence of any dimensions and other plans that will bring our democratic journey to question.”
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Author: Chibuike Chukwu