SSS Gives Amaechi, Others Last Warning Over Inflammatory Statements Ahead Of General Elections


BEVERLY HILLS, December 29, (THEWILL) – The Department of State Services also known as the SSS has warned the Governor of Rivers State and Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as well as other politicians to desist from making inflammatory statements ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The deputy director of public relations of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, in a statement Monday said it was issuing a last warning to politicians, particularly singling out Amaechi over his call to soldiers to rise up in protest against their commanders.

“Political office holders must not hide under the privileges of their offices to perpetrate and encourage the commission of acts inimical to the general interest of this nation, as this will henceforth not be tolerated. This statement, therefore, serves as the last warning to all those seeking to truncate the nation's democracy by their careless and obviously mischievous utterances and actions to desist immediately,” the statement by Ogar said.

“The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to inciting and unguarded statements and utterances by some politicians ahead of the 2015 general elections. Of particular interest is the statement of a serving governor calling on men of the armed forces to rise up in protest against constituted authority, with the intent to undermine the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

“Their actions which are intended to achieve their desires are irresponsible, selfish and against our collective wellbeing as a nation. It is noteworthy that similar unguarded provocative statements by politicians in the past had encouraged violence that resulted in loss of innocent lives and property, the SSS said, adding that “It is pertinent to note that no Nigerian is above the laws of this land. This Service and indeed all security agencies will not rest on their oars and are committed to the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.”