May 29: DSS warns against fake news, says there are plans to cause disruption


The Department of State Services (DSS) has urged the media
and civil society organisations (CSOs) to shun fake news, false alarms, and
sensationalism ahead of the May 29 inauguration.


In a statement on Thursday, Peter Afunanya, DSS
spokesperson, said the call was to guard against reports that could inflame
division, tension and violence prior to and after the inauguration.


Afunanya said the service was aware of plans by subversive
elements to disrupt the programme in parts of the country.


“The aim is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at
ensuring peaceful ceremonies and create panic and fear among members of the
public,” Afunanya said.


“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 spokesperson said undesirable acts would serve no
purpose other than destroying national unity and cohesion.


 “Additinally, all
unauthorised and non accredited persons are warned to stay away from restricted
and certain designated areas at the inauguration venues,” he said.


He called on the public to remain calm and law abiding,
adding that the DSS would continue to sustain collaboration with sister
agencies to ensure successful inauguration ceremonies nationwide


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