The Department of State Security (DSS), has expressed worry over the spate of politically motivated killings in Rivers State ahead of the March 28 and April 11 elections in the country.
The Director of DSS in Rivers, Mr. Abok Nyam, who voiced this concern when the chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state, Mr Opaka Dokubo paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt yesterday, advised those involved in such crime to desist from it as politics is meant for development and not for destruction.
While calling on politicians to realize that everyone has the right to belong to a political party of their choice, Nyam, who said he has served in different states like Imo and Abia, noted that he had never experienced high spate of political killings as being witnessed in the state presently.
He wondered why politics in the state should be reduced to violence and destruction, which he said is alien to global practices because opposition is the beauty of democracy.
The DSS director, therefore, called for synergy between the agency and members of the NUJ for the betterment of the society, even as he expressed his appreciation to the union for the visit, expressing hope that it would be sustained.
In his remarks, the NUJ Chairman, Dokubo, said that the DSS and NUJ need information for almost the same purpose, adding, “If the society burns or is destroyed everybody suffers it and therefore there should be a concerted effort to protect it”.
The NUJ chairman assured Nyam that his union would make conscious efforts to collaborate with the security organisation for the sake of the society.
He also promised that the media would continue to discharge its functions irrespective of the hazards attached to the job and urged the DSS and other security agencies to always protect media practitioners, who he said are defenseless.