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DSS warns against crowded gatherings, alerts Nigerians of “potential threats” in new advisory  

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The Department of State Services (DSS) issued a new advisory on Friday, warning Nigerians to stay away from places with large crowds or that seem suspicious, citing “potential threats.” 

Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson for DSS, called on Nigerians to maintain vigilance regarding public safety threats, particularly Improvised Explosive Devices. 

While celebrating the onset of Ramadan with Muslims and the Lent period with Christians, Afunanya prompted citizens to report any unfamiliar activities or movements to the security authorities. 

He also cautioned clerics from both religions, traditional rulers, and other stakeholders to refrain from economic exploitation, sabotage, or profiteering during these important obligations, stressing that the service calls for tolerance, bonds of brotherhood, dialogue and peaceful coexistence among the populace. 

  • “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,” the statement reads in part.  

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Furthermore, the Department of State Services urged all parties to avoid engaging in economic exploitation, sabotage, or profiteering during these significant events.  

According to the security agency, it’s crucial to understand that illegal activities like price gouging or unethical marketing strategies are not only immoral but also breach principles of fairness and can detract from the sacred nature of occasions. 

In addition, Afunanya stressed the need for media organizations to utilize their platforms to advance well-informed and accurate interactions, thereby supporting the attainment of national security objectives and interests.  

  • “It appeals to stakeholders to refrain from economic exploitation, sabotage or profiteering during these important obligations. 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.  
  • “Furthermore, the Service encourages clerics and religious leaders to uphold empathy as well as prioritise cooperation and conflict prevention beyond the periods under reference. 
  • “Similarly, the media is encouraged to utilise their platforms to foster informed and accurate engagements that can enhance the achievement of national security objectives and interests,” the statement added.

 

 


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