The Department of State Services (DSS) has hinted the general public to pay adequate 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 National Headquarters of the Department of State service, Abuja in a statement made available through it Public Relations Officer Peter Afunanya on tuesday, said 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 worshop and relaxation centres, especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.
Acknowledging reported cases of such incidents in some areas, the state service noted that the objective of the criminal elements is to achieve some self- serving interests as well as causing fear among the citizenry.
The Service, however, recalls its earlier warning that some groups and individuals were plotting to stoke violence in the country and are now again calling on 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 Service is stressed it commitment to the disruption of this trend and pattern of violent attacks, as it will continue to partner with other security agencies to ensure necessary drills are emplaced in order to secure public peace and order in the country
Advising residents to go about their lawful businesses and share useful information, with security and law enforcement agencies on the activities of criminals.