The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it will not tolerate any form of mayhem from any quarters of the country especially in this period of gubernatorial and State houses of assembly elections.
The DSS state this in a statement signed by it’s Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunaya on Wednesday via its official Tweeter handle.
Accoeding Mr. Afunaya, the agency has received reports on plans by some persons to cause a total breakdown of law and order in the country shortly after the Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections.
Therefore, It wishes to draw attention of the public to the unnecessary palpable political tension in parts of the country prior to the elections under reference.
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“It is observed that some of the players are at daggers drawn with one another. The development holds dire consequences to national peace and stability. It is in view of these that the Service warns politicians and their supporters to engage constructively.” He said
He therefore advised everyone to shun fake news, hate speech and such other utterances that may be inimical to peaceful co-existence.
He further stated that election should not be seen as a do or die affair.
“There is no basis for anyone to take laws into their hands.This is even more so that aggrieved persons can take advantage of our courts and seek redress. We should have faith in our institutions.” He added
He emphasized the continuous commitment of the service to providing conducive environment for a peaceful exercise.
He said the service in collaboration with sister agencies, carried out mop up operations to thwart nefarious plans and activities of undesirable elements to outrightly undermine the electoral processes.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Service will work to make sure that no person or group, no matter how highly placed, disrupts the scheduled elections in any part of the Federation. It is committed to the safety and security of citizens who may wish to go out to exercise their civic responsibility. “
“All and sundry are, therefore, enjoined to abide by the rules of engagement particularly the Electoral Act and extant guidelines.” He concluded.