The Department of State Services, DSS, has given the assurance that it will collaborate with other stakeholders to ensure that Anambra governorship election slated for November 6 is hitch-free.
Spokesperson of DSS, Peter Afunanya conveyed this in a statement on Saturday morning while accusing some section of the media of giving “unnecessary attention and coverage to the activities of bandits, terrorists and secessionists.”
The department also assured that a conducive environment necessary for citizens to pursue their legitimate businesses in and outside the State will be provided.
“The DSS believes that this dimension of reportage holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence,” Afunaya said in obvious reference to the wide publicity given to statements by the secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB that has threatened to disrupt the election.
“Amidst heightened insecurity in the South East and the upcoming Anambra State Governorship election, the media is advised to apply restraint and avoid sensationalising news.
“The DSS believes that this dimension of reportage holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence.
“The Service will, however, continue to collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to ensure not only a hitch-free electoral exercise but that a conducive environment necessary for citizens to pursue their legitimate businesses in and outside the State is provided,” the DSS spokesperson added.