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Criminals collaborating to bomb worship centres, public places – DSS

The Department of State Services yesterday alerted Nigerians to a plan by criminal gangs to bomb religious and worship centres as well as other public…

The Department of State Services yesterday alerted Nigerians to a plan by criminal gangs to bomb religious and worship centres as well as other public places, including relaxation centres.

It said the gangs were forging an alliance among themselves to also launch further attacks on critical infrastructure.

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, in a statement, warned patrons, owners and managers of aforementioned public places to be wary of this development and implement basic security measures.

He urged them to deter the threats by all means, assuring of the DSS’ commitment to helping in disrupting the dastardly act.

He stated: “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.

“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.

“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.’’