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    Wednesday, 7 September 2016

    Sallah celebrations: Extremists plan to attack communities in Edo-police, DSS


     The federal government Wednesday in Abuja, north-central Nigeria declared September 12-13, as public holidays for the celebration of sallah.
     But, the police and Nigerian secret service  say credible intelligence availed the agencies indicate plans by insurgent/extremist elements to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets.

    Edo state, where the governorship election was initially planned by the independent electoral commission to hold Saturday, September 10, is among the states the extremists may be  targeting.
     The police and DSS drew the attention of members of the public to the fact that a similar threats were issued during the May Labour Day and Democracy Day celebrations as well as the Ed-el-fitre holidays, July 2016.




    But, the security agencies said they were able to decisively disrupt and thwart the insurgents’ plan.
     According to the security agencies, “in the same vein, while election is important the security agencies cannot allow the peace of the country to be disrupted, and we will continue to remain vigilant and ensure consolidation of the successes gained in the current counter-insurgency fight.
    In a joint press statement by Don Awunah, police public relations officer and Garba Abdullahi of the DSS, the statement further stated that “it is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats”.


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