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Yuletide: DSS Reveals Plans By Criminal Elements To Unleash Terror On Places Of Worship, Recreational Centres

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Yahaya Idris Ahmed, Abuja.

The Department of State Services (DSS) has alerted all Nigeria citizens about a plot by “enemies of the state” to unleash terror on places of worship and recreational centers during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Department of State Services said the plot would be executed using suicide bombing, explosives, and other dangerous weapons.

The Department of State Services spokesperson for the Service, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Tuesday, however, assured Nigerians that the security forces had taken measures to avert such evil plans.

Peter Afunanya stated, “The Department of State Services wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons.

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“The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing, and other dangerous weapons.

“The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the government.”

The Department of State Services further called on Nigerians to remain extra vigilant and report strange movements to law enforcement agencies and security personnel.

Read the Press Statement

PRESS RELEASE

*SECURITY ALERT*

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons.

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The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.
The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Government.

Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and indeed, all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.

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.

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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.

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While assuring citizens and residents of their safety during and after the festive periods, the DGSS, Alhaji YM. Bichi fwc, with his Management and Staff, wishes all, Happy Celebrations and a Prosperous 2021.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer,
Department of State Services,
National Headquarters,
Abuja 22nd December, 2020

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Police Nab 3 Robbers, Recover Single Barrel Gun In Kogi.

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Police Nab 3 Robbers, Recover Single Barrel Gun In Kogi.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Kogi.

The Kogi state police command has arrested three suspected armed robbers and recovered a single barrel gun.

Spokesman of the Kogi state police command, DSP Williams Ovye Aya, in a statement yesterday, said the suspects were arrested by the operatives of Operation Puff Adder II attached to Iyara police division, Kabba.

He said the police received a distress call at at about 2200hrs, after three armed men invaded a POS shop at Ogidi, and attacked the operator, in which they inflicted injuries on him and forcefully collected unspecified amount of money.

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“Consequently, upon the report, the Operatives of Operation Puff Adder II promptly swung into action through an intelligence led operation trailed the suspects to their hideout and were arrested,” he said.

He said exhibits recovered from the suspects, included one single barrel gun and phones, saying the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.

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Aya, reassured members of the public of the commands level of commitment in synergy with other security agencies in the state to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties.

He, therefore, called on the public to sharpens their power of observation and volunteer credible and timely information on the activities of criminal elements across the state.

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In Imo, Gunmen Reportedly Raze Police Divisional Headquarters, Free Suspects

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Gunmen on Saturday razed the Isiala Mbano Divisional Headquarters located at Umuelemai in Imo State.

The gunmen, who freed suspects held in the detention facility, invaded the divisional headquarters armoury and carted away arms.

Our correspondent gathered that gunmen on arrival condoned off the Divisional Headquarters located at Umueze Road and opened fire.

According to eyewitnesses, on arrival, the suspects sacked policemen on duty, freed suspects, invaded the arms storage department of the facility before setting it ablaze.

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While our correspondent had yet to confirm if any life was lost, our correspondent gathered that four policemen allegedly sustained gunshot injuries from the Invaders.

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Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen did not flee as they stayed by and supervised the burning of the police facility.

The source, who does not want his name in print said, “The gunmen came, condoned of the divisional headquarters and immediately opened fire on the policemen on duty. This was after they had freed all the suspects and collected all the arms. Afterwards, they set it ablaze using petrol to ignite fire. This is very unfortunate.”

The Interim Management Committee chairman of Isiala Mbano LGA, Chika Okoroike, who also confirmed the attack when contacted by The PUNCH, said that rescue mission was being facilitated by him.

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He blamed the removal of soldiers from Anara town 24 hours before the attack.

Okoroike, said that he made fervent moves to make sure that the military men who were posted out of Anara town on Friday without any reason were returned but all to no avail.

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The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, also confirmed the attack on the division when contacted by The PUNCH.

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The PUNCH reports that this is the fourth police divisional headquarters that had been attacked since February after Obowo, Aboh Mbaise and Ihitte/Uboma divisions were attacked, respectively

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Sheikh Gumi Revealed That He Met Top Politicians Inside Forest Working With Bandits”

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Sheikh Gumi Revealed That He Met Top Politicians Inside Forest Working With Bandits”

With the ways kidnappers kidnaping people and demanding for ransoms to secure their release is unfortunate and worrisome in this great country.

Recently, Sheikh Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric went into the bush again to negotiate with bandits.

Many Nigerians are of the opinion that the cleric should be arrested, claiming he has an influence or has a link with bandits.

The cleric has come out to react to the call for his arrest.

He said, “I am not the only one holding meeting with bandits, terrorists, and am not the first person. The only thing I struggled to do is to talk with the bandits for them to lay down their weapons and embrace peace. All I do say to them was that there is more to life, which they shouldn’t just continue.”

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He referred to those calling for his arrest as “fools”, stating he doesn’t go inside the bush without government approval.

He added that all the bandits he meets in the forest are always with government officials.

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He also stated that his meeting with the bandits is producing a positive outcome.

The cleric has stated that those he meets inside the forest are not all Fulani herdsmen but also top government officials.

 

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