According to the Department of State Services, federal parliamentarians who will shortly begin their recess, as well as other departing public and private workers, are vulnerable to kidnapping, assassination, and armed robbery during this time.
As a result, it encouraged all Nigerians to be cautious at all times.
At a news conference in Abuja, the services’ Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, issued the warning.
Dr. Peter pointed that, “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.”
According to Afunanya, the service has noticed that some people pursuing political power are inflaming the polity and exploiting the country’s vulnerability, portraying the country as ungovernable.
He warned sponsors of criminal activity in the country that the service would “crush” them if they didn’t stop.
Dr. Peter added, “The service has observed that some persons who are desperately seeking power use wrong narratives to not only mislead the citizens but overheat the polity.
“Already, they are exploiting and politicising the issues of insecurity in parts of the country for pecuniary and other selfish reasons.
“Many want to use the situation to cause divisions among citizens, seek cheap popularity and to present the country as ungovernable.
“At this juncture, those who sponsor kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, insurgency and all kinds of attacks on security agents, civilians and vulnerable populations should have a rethink.
“These persons, whether in the North or South, know themselves. There is no doubt that they have crossed the lines and it is now time to crush them.”