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DSS warns against violent protests on Democracy Day, urges citizens to maintain peace

The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a press release alerting the public to a violent planned protests on June 12, 2024, which coincide with Democracy Day celebrations.

While acknowledging citizens’ rights to assembly and expression, the DSS warned that violent demonstrations will not be tolerated and urges citizens to channel grievances through appropriate channels.

This is contained in a statement issued by the DSS spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Dr. Afunanya said the service reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining peace and protecting lives and property, and calls for patriotism, unity, and commitment to building a better Nigeria.

Rad full text below:

PRESS RELEASE: DSS ALERTS THE PUBLIC OVER PLANNED PROTESTS

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. 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.

Consequently, the DSS reaffirms its unequivocal position to protect the country from inimical acts being orchestrated by disgruntled groups to cause a breakdown of law and order. 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. Law abiding citizens are enjoined 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. Meanwhile, the DSS 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.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi, mnipr
Director, PR & Strategic
Communications
Department of State Services
National Headquarters, Abuja.
11th June, 202

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