The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a warning about potential attacks on worship and recreational centres before and during the Eid-el- Kabir celebration.

The warning comes after the discovery of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in a joint operation conducted by the DSS, the Nigerian Army, and the Police.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson for the DSS, urged vigilance from operators of public spaces.

The statement reads:

“A synergy of the joint security team comprising the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Army and Police on 19th June 2023 apprehended a suspected gunrunner identified as Abubakar Muhammad (aka Abu Direba), in an operation carried out along the Abuja- Keffi Expressway, Keffi LGA, Nasarawa State.”

“During the operation, the team seized Four Hundred and Eighty-Six (486) rounds of 7.62 x39mm calibre ammunition, a Twenty-Two (22) primed IEDs, and The sum of Thirty-One Thousand, Five Hundred naira (N31,500), One (1) Volkswagen Golf vehicle with registration number- RBC202XA.”

“Similarly in another joint operation in the early hours of 22nd June, 2023, a team raided the hideout of Kabir Bala (aka Okwo), one time jail breaker and notorious gang leader in Ejule, Ofu LGA of Kogi State.”

“Okwo and his gang members engaged the troops in a gun duel during which he was neutralised. Others, however, fled the area.”

“Items recovered at the scene were one AK47 rifle with three (3) fully loaded magazines, six (6) locally fabricated weapons, two (2) phones and charms.”

“Meanwhile, DSS has made the call for vigilance prior to the Eid celebrations more so that reports had indicated plans to attack worship and recreational centres before and during the festivities. This is evident in the recovery of primed IEDs among the suspected terrorists.”


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