Lawmakers on recess risk being kidnapped during yuletide – DSS
National and state assembly members have been warned by the Department of State Services that they might be victims of kidnapping or banditry during the yuletide.
DSS Spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya gave the warning during a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday December 14.
Urging all Nigerians to remain vigilant, Afunanya also warned that students would be targets for recruitment into banditry and other crimes during their vacation.
Public and private sector workers on vacation were also told that they may be predisposed to threats of various degrees.
“Recessing members of National and State Houses of Assembly and other public /private sector workers on vacation may be predisposed to threats of various degrees.
“These individuals are susceptible to kidnapping, hijack, assassination, armed robbery and political manipulations.
“They are advised to be security conscious in order not to fall victims of these attacks and destructive political manoeuvres.
“The Service, therefore, warns that those who are involved in these (plots) should desist from such destabilising acts. It also enjoins politicians to play by the rule and avoid statements or activities capable of inflaming the fires of division and violence, prior to the 2023 elections.
“Opinion molders like the clergy, religious and traditional rulers are also to guard their utterances and avoid inciting pronouncements.
“In a related development, it is common knowledge that criminal elements will heighten their inglorious activities before, during, and after the festive periods.
“Therefore, religious and community leaders, hoteliers and operators of markets, parks, recreational and relaxation centres are to be on the alert and watch strange movements and activities around their facilities.
“As schools vacate and students return home for holidays, there is the likelihood that subversive gangs will target them for recruitment for undesirable intents. These may include, but not limited to financial crimes, armed robbery, civil disobedience and violent protests, substance abuse, banditry, and kidnapping.
“Aside from students, members of National Assembly/ Houses of Assembly and other public/private sector workers on vacation may be predisposed to threats of various degrees.
“This also applies to Nigerians who may travel from within and outside the country to join their loved ones for the celebrations.
“These individuals are susceptible to kidnapping, hijack, assassinations, armed robbery, and political manipulations. They are advised to be security conscious in order not to fall victims of these attacks and destructive political maneuvers.”