The Department of State Services ( DSS ) has expressed determination to deal with lawbreakers, including those who may try to use violence and fake news to sabotage coming elections.
In a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya in Abuja on Monday, the DSS emphasised preparedness to deal with politicians, electoral officers, voters and erring mass media whose acts run contrary to the Electoral Act and other laws.
“The Service commits itself to the provision of adequate security throughout the period of the electoral process.
“Politicians and the youth are expected to shun all acts of violence the same way observers are urged to keep to the fundamentals and principles of election monitoring as allowed by law and global best practice.
“Without doubt, the Electoral Act is clear on the roles of stakeholders; the common aim of all and sundry should be for Nigeria to hold successful elections that will be adjudged free, fair, transparent and credible and accepted nationally and internationally.
“Everyone is urged to conduct themselves properly before, during and after the elections and avoid actions that may cause breakdown of law and order,” the DSS spokesman stated.
According to Afunanya, Nigerians should expect DSS’ uncompromising professionalism as it embarks on sustaining peace and ensuring security.
“On its part, the DSS will professionally discharge its statutory mandate which, among others, is to detect and prevent threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria; also, it will appropriately engage stakeholders for the protection and success of the elections.
“Similarly, the service will not condone fake news, incendiary or hate speeches designed to whip up dangerous ethnic, religious and/or political sentiments capable of stoking the embers of violence.
“Consequently, prospective lawbreakers are forewarned to steer clear of acts capable of undermining national security and stability; the Service will, however, not stand idly and watch miscreants and mischief makers bring avoidable chaos and disorder upon the nation,” the DSS stated.
Urging law-abiding citizens to go about their normal duties and participation in the elections, it also advised that the DSS should be reached via 07055655591, 09030002189 and email@example.com in case of vital information that requires DSS attention during the period.
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