The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday said it has uncovered fresh plans to disrupt the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Bola Tinubu, which will hold on Monday, May 29.
The secret police described those behind the plans as “subversive elements,” reiterating that these elements are employing fake news, false alarms, skewed reportage or narratives and sensationalism that may likely inflame division, tension and subsequently cause violence before and after the event.
Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson of the secret police, who made this known in Abuja, warned residents of the Federal Capital Territory and other states of the federation where inauguration ceremonies will hold same day, not to be unruly or try to defy security protocols.
“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.
“This is moreso that such undesirable acts will serve no purpose other than destroying national unity and cohesion. Additionally, all unauthorized (and unaccredited) persons are warned to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues,” Afunanya warned.
He advised citizens, the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) to adhere strictly to security and civil protocols during the events.
He also called on Nigerians to remain calm before, during and after the inauguration, adding that the secret police will continue to collaborate with the Nigerian police, the military and other security agencies in a bid to tame all the threats.