The Department of State Services (DSS) has pledged to work with sister agencies for the seamless inauguration of Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria on May 29.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Tuesday, said the secret police alongside other security agencies will resist criminal elements desperate to undermine democratic transition.
“The Service wishes to state and very clearly, that it will continue to collaborate with sister agencies to rid the nation of criminal elements particularly at this transition period and even beyond,” Afunanya stated.
“This is more so that certain persons are desperate to undermine the process. But the Service will resist this and ensure a seamless event. It will continue to cooperate with stakeholders to achieve a peaceful environment critical to the pursuit of legitimate businesses by law abiding citizens and residents.”
The statement by the DSS comes 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba warned saboteurs and political elites against scuttling the May 29 handover date.
Speaking at the press briefing, the IGP said: “the imperative of peace in our national life cannot be over-emphasized. Sustenance of peace and security is even more expedient at this stage in our national democratic transition.
“Consequently, I assure the citizens that our loyalty to our democratic and political order remains firm and unwavering. We will defend our democracy at all costs.
Baba said the 29th May, 2023 date for the swearing-in ceremony of the president-elect and other inauguration ceremonies at national and state levels is sacrosanct.