The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a security warning on the activities of kidnappers, bandits, and other criminals ahead of the yuletide and holiday season.
The DSS in a statement on Tuesday by its Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya said criminals might go after National Assemblymembers and other workers who will be travelling and visiting their country homes for the Christmas and new year breaks.
To this end, the secret police warned everyone to be more security conscious and avoid locations and activities that might expose them to danger.
Afunanya while declaring the readiness of the DSS to tackle the security challenges, called on members of the public to report any suspicious person or activity to the nearest security post.
He also cautioned those including politicians who might be planning to take advantage of the season to cause problems to desist from such a plan or act as the DSS won’t tolerate the kind of behaviour.
Afunanya said: “The Service, therefore, warns that those who are involved in these should desist from such destabilising acts.
“It also enjoins politicians to play by the rule and avoid statements or activities capable of inflaming the fires of division and violence prior to 2023 elections.
“Opinion moulders like the clergy, religious and traditional rulers are also to guard their utterances and avoid inciting pronouncements.
“In a related development, it is common knowledge that criminal elements will heighten their inglorious activities before, during and after the festive periods.
“Therefore, religious and community leaders, hoteliers and operators of markets, parks, recreational and relaxation centres are to be at alert and watch strange movements and activities around their facilities.
“Such facilities include places of worship, palaces, markets, schools and other public buildings.
“Owners and operators of these public spaces and their patrons should endeavour to isolate and report suspected rogues to security agencies for prompt response.
“Consequently, the Service’s interactive website and complaint lines will remain active and available to the public.
“Its formations at the State and local Government levels will be open 24 hours of the day. This is in line with the Service’s commitment and support to the populace.
“As schools vacate and students return home for holidays, there is likelihood that subversive gangs will target them for recruitment for undesirable intents.
“These may include but not limited to financial crimes, armed robbery, civil disobedience and violent protests, substance abuse, banditry and kidnapping.
“In this respect, parents and guardians are advised to be watchful of their children and wards and ensure that they do not engage in unlawful acts.
“Aside students, recessing members of National Assembly/State Houses of Assembly and other public/private sector workers on vacation may be predisposed to threats of various degrees.
“This also applies to Nigerians who may travel from within and outside the country to join their loved ones for the celebrations.
“These individuals are susceptible to kidnapping, hijack, assassinations, armed robbery and political manipulations.
“They are advised to be security conscious in order not to fall victims of these attacks and destructive political maneuvers.
“Let me reiterate at this juncture that those who sponsor kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, insurgency and all kinds of attacks on security agents, civilians and vulnerable populations should have a rethink.
“These persons, whether in the North or South, know themselves. There is no doubt that they have crossed the lines and it is now time to crush them.
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