• DSS vows to crackdown on violent protests

    Dss vows to crackdown on violent protests - nigeria newspapers online
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    The Department of State Services (DSS) has stated that it will not tolerate any plans by non-state actors to incite violence through protests.

    The secret police issued the warning today in a statement issued by the spokesman of the DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, on Tuesday.

    Afunanya noted that the agency was aware of plans by certain individuals and groups to stage physical protests in some parts of the country on June 12, 2024.

    “The protests are designed with sinister objectives to coincide with the Democracy Day Celebration,” he aaid.

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

    “The determination by some non-state actors to incite mass disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent will not be tolerated.

    “However, it is instructive to note that violent demonstrations are at variance with the peaceful disposition of the Federal Government to amicably address all contentions, including the minimum wage,” the statement read.

    The statement further called on citizens to resist any “persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation,” noting that aggrieved persons should channel their grievances through the right procedures.

    The statement continued, “Consequently, the DSS 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 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.

    “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 a need to contact it.”

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