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General News of Tuesday, 26 April 2022

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DSS: Criminal elements planning to bomb worship places, public infrastructure

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The Department of State Services (DSS) Tuesday raised the alarm that criminal elements were planning to bomb worship places and public infrastructure reminiscent of  pre-2015 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) attacks on churches and other public utilities.

The alarm is coming on the heels of  the explosion at an illegal refinery in Imo State that killed 100 people.

A statement by DSS said it uncovered a plot by criminal gangs to forge an alliance to launch attacks on public infrastructure and worship and relaxation centres.

It said there were already reported cases of such incidents. It said the agenda of the planners were self-serving and designed to create fear among the citizenry.

The security  agency said it  was determined to disrupt the plans of the enemies of state.

The statement signed by Spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunanya, 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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