Ahead of the May 29 date for the inauguration of President-elect, Bola Tinubu and his vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, the Department of State Security Service (DSS) has warned against any unruly behaviour and non-adherence to protocols during the presidential inauguration activities.
The DSS said it was aware of plans by subversive elements to disrupt the programmes in parts of the country, with the aim of undermining security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public.
The Service also warned all unauthorised (and unaccredited) persons to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues.
Part of the DSS statement signed by its spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya, stated: “It would be recalled that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) on May 18, 2023 held a world press conference during which he announced activities for the presidential inauguration.
“The major highlight of the activities is the swearing-in of the President on May 29, 2023 in Abuja. On the same date, new Governors will also be inaugurated in most of the States.
“The Service is, however, aware of plans by subversive elements to disrupt the programmes in parts of the country. The aim is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public.
“Based on these, citizens, the media and civil society organisations are advised to adhere strictly to security and civil protocols during the events. They are also urged to shun fake news, false alarms, skewed reportage/narratives and sensationalism that may likely inflame division, tension and violence prior to and after the exercises.
“This is more so that such undesirable acts will serve no purpose other than destroying national unity and cohesion. Additionally, all unauthorised (and unaccredited) persons are warned to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues.
“The Service reiterates its earlier call for the populace to remain calm and law abiding. Meanwhile, it will continue to sustain collaboration with sister agencies to ensure successful inaugurations.”
Meanwhile, security operatives have taken over the streets of Abuja and the neighbouring villages ahead of the D-Day.
A move round the city center will see the presence of the Nigeria Police Force personnel and the military all over strategic places.