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June 12: DSS Slams ‘Non-state Actors’, Unnamed Individuals, Groups Over Plans To Incite, Stage Protest

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The Department of State Services (DSS), on Tuesday, says there is 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”, Peter Afunanya, Director, PR & Strategic
Communications, said in a statement.

While saying that citizens may have the rights of assembly and expression, DSS stated that such freedoms should not be used to undermine public safety and national security.

The secret police agency said that it would not tolerate “the determination by some non-state actors to incite mass disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent”.

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Afunanya, however, said that violent demonstrations are at variance with the peaceful disposition of the Federal Government to amicably address all contentions including the minimum wage.

He said that citizens are, therefore, called upon to resist any persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation.

According to him, displeased persons are rather encouraged to appropriately channel their grievances through the right channels and procedures.

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Consequently, the DSS, he said has 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.

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“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”, the statement added.

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