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Public Safety: DSS cautions Nigerians against large gatherings

*The Department of State Services Service assures the citizens of its commitment to provision of strategic intelligence to other sister agencies in order to achieve a safe and secure country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In view of the current security challenges in several parts of the country, the Department of State Services (DSS) has warned Nigerians against crowded gatherings to avoid potential threats.

Peter Afunanya, Spokesman of DSS, stated this Friday, March 8, 2024, in an advisory, urging Nigerians to be alert to public dangers, especially Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

While felicitating the Muslim faithful on the commencement of Ramadan and the Christians for the Lent period, Afunanya urged the people to report any strange activities or movements to the security agencies.

The DSS image maker also cautioned clerics from both religions, traditional rulers, and other stakeholders to refrain from economic exploitation, sabotage, or profiteering during these important obligations.

He explained the Service calls for tolerance, bonds of brotherhood, dialogue and peaceful coexistence among the populace.

Accordingly, the Management extends its heartfelt felicitations for peace, unity, and harmony to adherents of these faiths, Afunanya said.

The statement also noted: “The DSS recognises the significance of these sacred rites and enjoins worshipers to promote understanding, compassion, and respect for one another during and after the exercises.

“It appeals to stakeholders to refrain from economic exploitation, sabotage, or profiteering during these important obligations.”

The Spokesman stated: “This is more so that illegal practices such as price gouging or unethical marketing tactics are ungodly; violate fairness and can undermine the true essence of the holy events.

“As believers, it is incumbent upon us to uphold good standards and ensure that everyone can observe the religious duties with ease and dignity.”

He further stated: “Residents are advised to remain vigilant against public dangers especially Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

“Also, the general public is urged to stay informed about potential threats; avoid crowded or suspicious areas and report to relevant security agencies any strange objects, activities, and movements of hostile elements.”

He said: “The Service recommits to provision of strategic intelligence to other sister agencies in order to achieve a safe and secure country.

“As we undertake these spiritual journeys in the Lenten and Ramadan periods, let us remember to love and share the values that unite us.”

Afunanya added: “Let us reaffirm our commitment to the values of mercy, tolerance, forgiveness, being our brother’s keepers among others and by these, advance a more inclusive and equitable society for us all.”

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