Bomb Alert: Criminals Plan To Attack Worship, Relaxation Centres During Sallah – DSS

…warns Nigerians to be security conscious

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday said in Abuja that criminals elements are planning to bomb worship and relaxation centres during the public holiday and festive break.

It was learnt that their plan is to return the country to the pre-2015 era reminiscent of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks on soft and hard targets in parts of the country.

According to the Public Relations Officer, Department of State Services (DSS), National Headquarters, Peter Afunanya, who confirmed the development in a statement explained that although 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.

He added that other places targeted are “frequented public places like worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.

Explaining further, Afunanya noted that their “objective is to achieve some self-serving interests as well as cause fear among the citizenry.”


It would be recalled that 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 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, used the opportunity to wish all and sundry a hitch free Workers’ Day and Sallah celebrations.

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