The Department of State Services (DSS) has alerted Nigerians about plans by “criminal elements” to carry out series of attacks including suicide bombings during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The DSS spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesay, however, assured Nigerians that the agency taking steps to prevent the attacks across the country.
Afunanya said the planned attacks were meant to create a general sense of fear among the people and undermine the government of Nigeria.
“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons,” the statement read.
“The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.
“The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Government.
“Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and indeed, all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.
“On its part, the Service is collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for protection of lives and property.”
Afunanya provided emergency response numbers which he asked Nigerians to take advantage of by reporting strange movements to security and law enforcement agencies.
“To further achieve this purpose, the Service has provided these emergency response numbers 08132222105 and 09030002189 for urgent contacts. It is also using this opportunity to unveil its interactive website www.dss.gov.ng for public communication support,” he said.
“Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these platforms and similar ones provided by related agencies to timely reach and avail them (security agencies) of required information.”
DSS further advised those planning to cause chaos and breach of public peace to desist, saying it would stop at nothing to apprehend and bring them to justice.
KanyiDaily recalls that last year, DSS also raised an alarm that some undesirable groups of people are plotting to cause a major breakdown of law and order in various parts of the country including Abuja.