The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a stern warning to citizens and individuals regarding unruly behaviors and non-compliance with protocols during the inauguration activities that will mark the commencement of the new administration.

In a statement released by DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya, the agency expressed its knowledge of plans orchestrated by subversive elements to disrupt programs in various parts of the country. The primary objective of these malevolent actors is to undermine the concerted efforts of security agencies in ensuring peaceful ceremonies while sowing panic and fear among the general public.

The DSS has therefore advised citizens, the media, and Civil Society Organizations to strictly adhere to security and civil protocols during the forthcoming events. They emphasized the importance of avoiding the dissemination of fake news, false alarms, biased reporting, and sensationalism that could potentially fuel division, tension, and violence before and after the inauguration.

The agency underscored the fact that engaging in such undesirable acts would serve no purpose other than to undermine national unity and cohesion. Furthermore, the DSS explicitly cautioned all unauthorized and unaccredited individuals to steer clear of restricted and designated areas at the event venues.

Reiterating their earlier call, the DSS urged the populace to remain calm and law-abiding throughout the process. They affirmed their commitment to maintaining collaborative efforts with sister agencies to ensure the smooth and successful conduct of the inaugurations.

It is worth noting that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) held a significant World Press Conference on May 18, 2023. During the conference, the Secretary announced the comprehensive lineup of activities for the forthcoming Presidential inauguration.

The main highlight of these activities will be the official swearing-in of the President on May 29, 2023, in the capital city of Abuja. Concurrently, several new Governors will also be inaugurated in various states across the country on the same date.