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

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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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