The Department of State Services (DSS) said it has uncovered a plot by “subversive elements” to disrupt Monday’s inauguration of Bola Tinubu as president as well as new governors. According to the agency, “the aim is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public”. DSS spokesman Peter Afu- nanya said these in a statement on Thursday. The secret police advised the public to shun fake news that could cause violence and urged unaccredited persons to stay away from the inauguration venues.
He said: “Recall that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) on May 18, 2023, held a world press conference during which he announced activities for the presidential inauguration. “The major highlight of the activities is the swearing-in of the President on May 29, 2023, in Abuja. On the same date, new governors will also be inaugurated in most of the states. “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. “Based on these, citizens, the media and civil society organisations are advised to adhere strictly to security and civil protocols during the events. “They are also urged to shun fake news, false alarms, skewed reportage/narratives and sensationalism that may likely inflame division, tension and violence prior to and after the exercises.”
The DSS added: “This is more so that such undesirable acts will serve no purpose other than destroying national unity and cohesion. “Additionally, all unauthorised (and unaccredited) persons are warned to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues. “The Service reiterates its earlier call for the populace to remain calm and law-abiding. Meanwhile, it will continue to sustain collaboration with sister agencies to ensure successful inaugurations.”