The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has uncovered plans by some persons and groups to impersonate its personnel during the general elections.
This was disclosed in a statement Friday by the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, saying the plans include the use of Peace Corps members and other quasi-security outfits as personnel of the DSS during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Service dissociated itself from the alleged plans, and informed the public that the DSS cannot be involved in unscrupulous activities inimical to the elections.
“The Service is at the forefront of ensuring election security and wishes to reiterate its commitment, professionalism, peaceful disposition and support for the electoral process.
“For the umpteenth time, it warns that it will not tolerate any form of unlawful acts from any quarters and will stop at nothing to deal decisively with unscrupulous elements engaged in violent activities during and after the exercise.
“Members of the public should disregard any insinuations, fake news and outright misinformation on impersonation and illegal use of DSS’ Personnel.”
Afunanya said the DSS will continue to work with sister security agencies and critical stakeholders to implement all countermeasures that have been put in place to ensure the success of the polls.
The Service reassures residents and voters of their safety before, during and after the elections, which have now been postponed to February 23, 2019.