Department of State Services (DSS), on Tuesday, said it has uncovered plots by some criminal gangs to attack worship centres and public places across the country.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, in a statement in Abuja, said the “criminal gangs” intended to form a coalition to attack select places during the holiday period.
According to the statement, “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.”
DSS, therefore, advised managers of public venues to put premium on the security of the areas under their jurisdiction.
The DSS added, “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.”
The secret security agency also urged residents to share vital information on the activities of criminals with security and law enforcement agencies.