The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised alert about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places the yuletide seasons.
It identified key and vulnerable points as targets of attacks.
In a statement in Abuja yesterday by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), National Headquarters, Dr. Peter Afunanya, said the planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.
The criminals plan to create a general sense of fear among the Nigerians and subsequently undermine the government, Afunnaya said.
He assured that the Service will stop at nothing to apprehend the criminal elements and bring them to justice.
Against this backdrop, he called on citizens to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.
The statement reads: “On its part, the Service is collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for protection of lives and property.
“To further achieve this purpose, the Service has provided these emergency response numbers 08132222105 and 09030002189 for urgent contacts. It is also using this opportunity to unveil its interactive website www.dss.gov.ng for public communication support.
‘Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these platforms and similar ones provided by related agencies to timely reach and avail them (security agencies) of required information.
However, the Service advises those planning to cause chaos and damage to public peace to desist from such as it will stop at nothing to apprehend and bring them to justice.”
In his Christmas message to Nigerians, DSS’ Director-General Yusuf Bichi, assured them of their safety during and after the festive periods.