- Politicians, security operatives and others have been asked to be law abiding in the forthcoming general elections
- According to Peter Afunanya, DSS public relations, Nigerians are implored to support security agencies and INEC to undertake violence free elections
- Afunanya said the DSS will discharge its statutory mandate to detect and prevent threats and crimes against the internal security of the country
The Department of State Services (DSS) has urged all stakeholders, politicians, security operatives and others to be law abiding and observe the rules of engagement in the forthcoming general elections.
In a statement obtained by PR Nigeria and signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS public relations officer, politicians and the youth are expected to shun all acts of violence.
The service also stated that it will professionally discharge its statutory mandate to detect and prevent threats and crimes against the internal security in the country.
The statement read: "The same way observers are urged to keep to the fundamentals and principles of election monitoring as allowed by law and global best practice. Without doubt, the Electoral Act is clear on the roles of stakeholders.
"The common aim of all and sundry should be for Nigeria to hold successful elections that will be adjudged free, fair, transparent and credible and accepted nationally and internationally.
"Everyone is urged to conduct themselves properly before, during and after the elections and avoid actions that may cause breakdown of law and order. On its part, the DSS will professionally discharge its statutory mandate which, among others, is to detect and prevent threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria.
"Also, it will appropriately engage stakeholders. This is for the protection and success of the elections. Therefore, ensuring security that will make the electoral process noble and acceptable to participants and their supporters is uppermost to the Service.
"In this regard, the Service is determined to identify and arrest criminals and their collaborators whose activities are counter to the national objective of achieving peaceful and orderly elections."
The public is also implored to support security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission to undertake violence free elections.
Citizens and residents have been urged to avail these agencies information regarding suspected thuggery, theft of electoral materials, violence of any dimensions and other plans that will bring democratic journey to question.
The DSS also encouraged all citizens to responsibly exercise their civic duties without fear as security measures have been put in place for the safety of lives and property.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Department of State Security revealed that widespread anxiety over irregularities, violence and insecurity during the forthcoming elections are real.
This was disclosed by Alhaji A.S. Adeleke, director of DSS-owned Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Abuja, on Wednesday, January 23, at a two-day security awareness seminar.
However, he believes that security agents, voters, political leaders and other stakeholders can work together to surmount such fears in a timely manner.
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