DSS alerts public to renewed bomb explosions on soft, hard targets

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The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday alerted the public 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.

In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, the Department of State Services, National Headquarters, Abuja, said there were already reported cases of such incidents in some areas but the Service had 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.

Afunanya said the objective was to achieve some self- serving interests as well as cause fear among the citizenry.

He said the Service, however, recalled its earlier warning that some groups and individuals were plotting to stoke violence in the country.

He advised patrons, owners and managers of aforementioned public places 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,” Afunanya said.

Meanwhile, the DG, SSS, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi, had wished all and sundry a hitch free Workers’ Day and Sallah celebrations, Afunanya said.

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