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BREAKING: DSS releases statement on 2019 Elections

The Department of State Services, DSS has said it is committed to the provision of adequate security throughout the period of the electoral process.

A statement from DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, on Monday, enjoined all stakeholders including; politicians, citizens, voters, observers, electoral officers, the media, Civil Society Organizations and security operatives to be law abiding.

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The spokesman of the DSS said politicians and the youth are expected to shun all acts of violence and observers are to keep to the fundamentals and principles of election monitoring as allowed by law and global best practice.

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Afunanya said: “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,” he added.

Afunanya said: “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.”

“Similarly, the Service will not condone fake news, incendiary or hate speeches designed to whip up dangerous ethnic, religious and/or political sentiments capable of stoking the embers of violence,” he added.

Afunanya also said the DSS can be reached through the following telephone lines and e-mail address (07055655591; 09030002189 and dsspr@dss.gov.ng

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