Just as Nigerian in line with other Nations of the world contemplates the possibility of another lockdown due to the recent upsurge of the Coronavirus, there comes another angle of fear, chaos, uncertainty and threat to lives and properties by way of terrorism and violent attacks.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised the alarm over the “plot to bomb some places” during Yuletide.
This revelations by the DSS were made in a statement released on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 where the agency asked Nigerians to be on the alert, saying it is taking precautionary steps to prevent any form of attacks across the country by insurgents and criminal elements
The spokesperson of the Department of state security Mr Afunanya, meticulously but sternly advised those planning to disrupt public peace and cause any form of anarchy to put a stop to such negative behaviour and tendencies if they want to have peace in the society.
“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.”
Furthermore, Mr Afunanya went on to furnish the general public with the Mobile emergency response numbers of the security agencies and encouraged Nigerians to take advantage of it in cases of necessities and emergency.
“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.”
Proactive actions like these from security agencies as well as political leadership is what Nigerian citizens clamour for and long to see often, in order to better appreciate the efforts and abilities of these officers of the law and also to instil confidence and belief as well, in the work done so far and possible hope of bringing an end to the incessant terror attacks, kidnappings, robberies, mass murders which are often perpetrated by hoodlums and insurgents.
Gift Joseph Okpakorese