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DSS Cautions Against Protests On Democracy Day

DSS Cautions Against Protests On Democracy Day

Princess-Ekwi Ajide

The Department of State Services, DSS, says it is privy to plans by certain individuals and groups to stage physical protests in some parts of the country on tomorrow, Democracy Day, June 12, 2024.

The protests, according to a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Strategic Communications of the agency, Dr Peter Afunanya, are designed with sinister objectives to coincide with the Democracy Day Celebration.

He noted that while citizens may have the rights of assembly and expression, such freedoms should not be used to undermine public safety and national security, adding that the determination by some non-state actors to incite mass disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent will not be tolerated.

The statement further noted that violent demonstrations are at variance with the peaceful disposition of the Federal Government to amicably address all contentions including the minimum wage and called on citizens to resist any persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation.

It encouraged displeased persons to channel their grievances appropriately through the right channels and procedures as the DSS is determined to protect the country from inimical acts being orchestrated by disgruntled groups to cause a breakdown of law and order.

The statement emphasised that the DSS will sustain collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including sister security agencies, to maintain the peace as well as protect lives and property across the nation while enjoining law abiding citizens to go about their businesses without fear.

The Service, while felicitating the government and citizens on the occasion of celebrating 25 years of unbroken democracy, calls for continued patriotism, unity and commitment to building a Nigeria of our collective dream.

The statement notified citizens that DSS website, dss.gov.ng; email address- dsspr@dss.gov.ng and Telephone lines +2349153391309; +2349088373514 remain open to them in case the need arises.


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