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DSS: Criminal gangs forging alliance to bomb worship centres, public places

DSS: Criminal gangs forging alliance to bomb worship centres, public places
April 26
14:50 2022

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it uncovered plots by some groups to attack worship and public centres in the country.

Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, in a statement on Tuesday, said the “criminal gangs” intend to form a coalition to attack select places during the holiday period.

“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,” the statement reads.

“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.

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“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.”

The security agency asked managers of public venues to place a high priority on the security of the areas they are responsible for.

“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 DSS said.

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”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.”

The DSS called on residents to share with security and law enforcement agencies vital information on the activities of criminals.

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