The Department of State Services (DSS) has urged politicians and their supporters to follow the Electoral Act during Saturday’s rerun and bye-elections around the country.
While the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct polls in 26 states of the federation, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun imposed movement restrictions on Thursday from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In a statement issued on Friday, the DSS urged the competing parties to avoid any actions that could lead to a breakdown in law and order.
Director, of Public Relations and Strategic Communications, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Peter Afunanya, enjoined citizens to be patriotic and loyal to the Nigerian nation beyond the elections.
He also urged public commentators, social critics and key players in the public space to consider the peace of the country over and above their personal or group interests.
“It is unarguable that it is only if there is a livable country that individuals, groups or corporate bodies can pursue and realise their legitimate businesses and ambitions. The Service, therefore, advises those engaging in subversive endeavours or desirous of doing so to desist from such; consequently, it will not hesitate to bring defaulters, no matter how highly placed, to face the full weight of the law,” the statement read.
“On its part, the Service, in the discharge of its mandate, will work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), other sister security and law enforcement agencies and indeed all stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free election. Additionally, it will continue to implement proactive measures to achieve the desired stability in the country.”