DSS advises public to be vigilant as insurgents target civilians


DSSThe Department of State Services (DSS), has advised the public to be vigilant in crowded environment, especially when travelling as fleeing insurgents have resorted to attacking hapless civilians and soft targets.
The advice is contained in a statement issued by Marilyn Ogar, the spokesperson of the service on Friday.
The statement also advised commuters to desist from boarding unmarked vehicles along the road and only use designated motor parks.
It said the insurgents were in disarray following sustained offensive against them by troops in the North-East and they had resorted to vent their anger on civilians.
The statement added that the sustained attacks also accounted for the spate of attacks recorded recently in Yobe, Kano, Borno and Plateau states with intent of distracting security forces.
“We also reiterate our call on motor park managers to ensure proper screening of vehicles, persons and luggage entering their premises.
“They should also look out for new faces, who show up as drivers and conductors.
“Similarly, we want to encourage residents of recaptured towns and communities to return to their homes,’’ it said.
The statement called on people relocating from one part of the country to the other because of the forthcoming elections to desist from doing so.
“Adequate steps have been taken by security forces to guarantee security of lives and property,’’ it said.
It urged those with useful information of “untoward activities in their localities’’ to forward same to security agencies, adding that the security agencies were determined to end the activities of the terrorists.

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