The Department of State has issued a new notice on terrorist and criminal groups’ intent to bomb specific sites around the country.
The DSS claimed in a statement released on Tuesday by its spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya, that the criminals have established alliances and seek to strike soft and hard targets in the country, including infrastructure.
It was revealed that several of the venues targeted were public places like as places of worship and leisure centers, where there are normally a large number of people.
While precautions have been made to prevent an assault, the secret police have stated that it is still vital to alert members of the public and those who visit/own such locations to be more security conscious.
The DSS stated that it is collaborating with other security agencies to keep the country safe, especially during the forthcoming holidays and festive season.
Afunanya urged members of the public to share information with the security agents on any suspicious activities or persons in their community.
The statement reads: “The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby draws public attention to plans by criminal elements to return the country to the pre-2015 era reminiscent of IED attacks on soft and hard targets in parts of the country.
“Though there are already reported cases of such incidents in some areas, the Service has uncovered a ploy by suspected criminal gangs to forge an alliance among themselves with a view to launching further attacks on critical infrastructure and other frequented public places like worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.
“The objective is to achieve some self-serving interests as well as cause fear among the citizenry. The Service, however, recalls its earlier warning that some groups and individuals were plotting to stoke violence in the country.
“Following these, patrons, owners and managers of aforementioned public places are advised to be wary of this development and implement basic security measures to deter the threats. While the Service is committed to the disruption of this trend and pattern of violent attacks, it will continue to partner with other security agencies to ensure that necessary drills are emplaced in order that public peace and order are not jeopardized.
“To this end, residents are enjoined to go about their lawful businesses and share, with security and law enforcement agencies, useful information on the activities of criminals.
“Meanwhile, the DGSS, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi, fwc wishes all and sundry a hitch free Workers’ Day and Sallah celebrations.”
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