The Department of State Services (DSS), has alerted that Boko Haram fighters are now in disarray, following unrelenting assaults on their locations in the North East by the military.
It noted that the recent spate of attacks by the insurgents in Jos (Plateau State), Kano, Borno and Yobe states, respectively, were an expression of anger over the heat being turned on them, by the military.
In a statement signed signed by the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mrs Marilyn Ogar, the DSS advised the public to be vigilant, especially in crowded places, and report suspicious activities to security agencies.
The Secret Service also cautioned commuters against boarding “unmarked vehicles” along the road, even as it called on managers of motor parks, to ensure proper screening of vehicles, persons as well as luggage, before entering the parks.
The statement further advised against relocation to other places ostensibly for fear of violence during the forthcoming elections, saying adequate measures have been put in place by security operatives, to guarantee the safety of lives and property.
The statement reads in full: “It has become evident that following the successful sustained air raids and intense combat operations by the military on insurgents’ positions in the North-East which have effectively degraded the capacity of the terrorists, its members are now in disarray and have resorted to taking out their anger on hapless civilians and soft targets. This development accounts for the recent spate of attacks recorded in Yobe, Kano, Borno and Plateau States with intent of distracting security forces.
“Accordingly, this Service wishes to advice members of the public to be vigilant especially in crowded environment and when travelling.
Commuters should desist from boarding unmarked vehicles along the road and only use designated Motor parks. 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. Also, there is no need for people to relocate from any part of the country because of the forthcoming elections as adequate steps have been taken by security forces to guarantee security of lives and property.
“Members of the public with useful information of untoward activities in their localities are advised to forward same to security agencies.
“We wish to restate once more, the commitment of security forces to bring to an end the activities of terrorists and unscrupulous elements in our country.”