The Department of State Services (DSS) has uncovered 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.
This was disclosed in a press statement on Tuesday signed by Peter Afunanya, Public Relations Officer. Department of State Services, National Headquarters, Abuja.
According to the statement,”‘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,” adding that “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,” the statement said.
Continuing, DSS said they remain committed “to the disruption of this trend and pattern of violent attacks,” just as they promised to partner with other security agencies to ensure that necessary drills are emplaced in order that public peace and order are not jeopardized.
Furthermore, the security outfit called on residents 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 wished all and sundry a hitch free Workers’ Day and Sallah celebrations.