DSS Bans Certain Protests on June 12 Democracy Day, Details Emerge

DSS Bans Certain Protests on June 12 Democracy Day, Details Emerge

  • The DSS has warned the general public against violent protests on Wednesday, June 12, which is Democracy Day in Nigeria
  • In a statement signed by the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the Service warned that it will not tolerate any form of violence or breakdown of law and order
  • Legit.ng reports that June 12 is a day set aside annually to commemorate the democratic election of Moshood Abiola in 1993, which was wrongly cancelled by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering governance and public journalism.

FCT, Abuja - The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned individuals and groups planning to stage protests on Wednesday, June 12 (Democracy Day), to desist from any violent action.

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In a statement released on Tuesday night, June 11, and signed by Peter Afunanya, the secret police's spokesperson, the DSS said it has received intelligence on plans to incite violence and disrupt public order during the protests.

June 12: DSS advises against violent protests
DSS has advised against violent protests during the June 12 Democracy Day commemoration in Nigeria. Photo credit: Patrick Meinhardt
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The statement reads:

“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to plans by certain individuals and groups to stage physical protests in some parts of the country on 12th June 2024. These protests are designed with sinister objectives to coincide with the Democracy Day celebration.
“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.

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“Citizens are, therefore, called upon to resist any persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation. Displeased persons are rather encouraged to appropriately channel their grievances through the right channels and procedures."

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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