DSS warns against violent protests on Democracy Day ….. Enjoins Citizens to resist any persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder

The Department of State Services (DSS) said certain individuals and groups are planning to stage physical protests in some parts of the country on 12th June, 2024. The protests according to DSS are designed with sinister objectives to coincide with the Democracy Day Celebration.


The service in a release signed by Director, PR & Strategic, Communications, Dr Peter Afunanya said;

.”While citizens may have the rights of assembly and expression, such freedoms should not be used to undermine public safety and national security.


“The determination by some non-state actors to incite mass disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent will not be tolerated. However, it is instructive to note that violent demonstrations are at variance with the peaceful disposition of the Federal Government to amicably address all contentions including the minimum wage. Citizens are, therefore, called upon to resist any persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation. Displeased persons are rather encouraged to appropriately channel their grievances through the right channels and procedures”


DSS therefore reaffirmed its unequivocal position to protect the country from inimical acts being orchestrated by disgruntled groups to cause a breakdown of law and order.


The service also restated its commitment to sustain collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including sister security agencies, to maintain the peace as well as protect lives and property across the DSS urged Law abiding citizens to go about their businesses without fear.


The Service, while felicitating the government and citizens on this auspicious occasion of celebrating 25 years of unbroken democracy, called for continued patriotism, unity and commitment in building a Nigeria of our collective dream. Meanwhile, the DSS website, dss.gov.ng; email address- [email protected] and Telephone lines +2349153391309;+2349088373514 remain open to the public in the event that there is need to contact it.


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