June 15, 2024

Eid-al-Adha: ‘Celebrate with caution’, DSS issues security advisory for Sallah


By Luminous Jannamike, ABUJA

The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a security advisory urging Nigerians to exercise caution as they celebrate Eid-al-Adha, also known as Sallah.

In a statement released on Saturday, the DSS cautioned citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

The agency also urged operators and patrons of public places such
as malls, parks, and railway stations to maintain strict security measures.

The advisory came as Nigerians prepare to celebrate the Islamic festival, which begins on Sunday.

The DSS warned that the celebration could be targeted by criminal elements, and urged citizens to be cautious.

The agency also announced that it would maintain close collaboration with other security agencies to ensure a safe and hitch-free celebration.

Meanwhile, the DSS has provided emergency contact numbers for citizens to report any security breaches or suspicious activities. The numbers are +2349153391309 and +2349088373514.

The agency’s spokesman, Peter Afunanya, urged citizens to prioritize their safety and security during the celebration.

He said, “While the event is significant for the opportunity it offers for prayers and celebrations, it reminds us of the importance of faith, obedience and generosity. All citizens are enjoined to emulate these characteristics as bases for national transformation and unity.

“Everyone is urged to show love, not only to their neighbours, but the country at large. While engaging in religious and social activities during the period, celebrants should be cautious and observe all necessary personal security procedures.

“Operators and patrons of malls, fun places, markets, parks and railway stations among others are to be vigilant and ensure strict compliance to physical and other security measures required for public safety. They should promptly report suspected movements or breaches to appropriate law enforcement authorities.”