MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
The Department of State Services (DSS) has uncovered plots by those described as criminal elements to disorganise the relative peace in the country with bomb attacks reminiscent of the pre-2015 era when Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)were used on soft and hard targets in parts of the Federation.
The DSS said in a statement on Tuesday that “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 has however, recalled its earlier warning that some groups and individuals were plotting to stoke violence in 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.
The statement issued by the Service spokesman Dr. Peter Afunanya added that, “residents are enjoined to go about their lawful businesses and share, with security and law enforcement agencies, useful information on the activities of criminals.”