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June 12: DSS Raises The Alarm Over Planned Protests

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The Department of State Services (DSS), has raised the alarm over alleged plans by some groups to stage public protest in some parts of Nigeria during Democracy Day celebration today, June 12.

The service in a statement by its spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya, said while the citizens may have the freedom of movement, assembly and expression, such should not be used to undermine public order and national security.

The service claimed that the protests were being organized by non-state actors to incite disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent, and such will not be tolerated.

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The statement read: “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to plans by certain individuals and groups to stage physical protests in some parts of the country on 12th June, 2024. The protests are designed with sinister objectives to coincide with the Democracy Day Celebration. 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.”

DSS called on the citizens to resist anything that would make them resort to lawlessness or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation, adding that “Displeased persons are rather encouraged to appropriately channel their grievances through the right channels and procedures.”

The service reaffirmed its position to protect the country from inimical acts being orchestrated by some groups to cause a breakdown of law and order.

The DSS said it will also sustain collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including sister security agencies, to maintain the peace as well as protect lives and property across the nation. It 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, calls for continued patriotism, unity and commitment in building a Nigeria of our collective dream.

The DSS also said its website, dss.gov.ng; email address- dsspr@dss.gov.ng and Telephone lines +2349153391309; +2349088373514 remain open to the public in the event that there is need to contact it.





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