ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE State Security Service (SSS), Nigeria’s intelligence agency, has unearthed plans by terror groups to carry out attacks against worshippers and members of the public at the conclusion of key festivities by the Muslim faithful this week.
Eid-el-Fitr, set for Wednesday, signals the end of the month-long Ramadan fasting period.
Tony Opuiyo, the SSS spokesperson, said the service was availed of intelligence which indicated threat by extremist elements to attack selected locations across the terror-prone country, particularly parks and congregations of worshippers, in order to further their cause.
“Also, this service wishes to alert the general public to be wary of suspicious packages and persons, as celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr approaches,” said Opuiyo.
He assured the SSS would continue to deploy to ensure the security and safety of citizens wherever they resided.
“We therefore call on the general public to be security-conscious and to report any suspicious persons/groups or activities to relevant security agencies.”
Nigeria is under siege of the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect, which has killed more than 20 000 over the past seven years in a spate of suicide bombings in churches, mosques and public places.
Some 3 million people have been displaced.
Boko Haram seeks to create an Islamic State in Africa’s most populous country of over 180 million people.
– CAJ News