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Saturday, 23 August 2014

DSS warns of attacks by female bombers in Catholic sisters’ regalia

Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services [DSS], has raised the alarm that suicide bombers, dressed in the regalia of Catholic Church’s reverend sisters, might be planning to bomb locations in the country.

In a statement Saturday morning, the spokesperson for the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, said some unknown “persons broke into a tailoring shop located at No.55 Odutola Street, Sabon Gari, Kano, and stole about thirteen (13) pieces of Catholic Church Reverend Sisters’ regalia”.

“With the recent trend of female suicide bombings in the country, the theft of these regalia heightens concerns about the possibility of terrorist elements using same to perpetrate acts of terror,” Ms Ogar said.

She continued: “Consequently, this Service wishes to draw the attention of the public to this development and to call on all citizens to be more circumspect and exercise greater vigilance with users of such peculiar attires.

“We therefore enjoin all to continue to cooperate with law enforcement agencies through the provision of useful information on suspicious activities within their immediate environment. This Service will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders as we strive to keep our country safe.”

In circulating the statement, Ms. Ogar specially requested that her release be given “maximum publicity considering the issue and timing, especially as tomorrow is Sunday”.

Female suicide bombers wearing hijab had in July descended on Kano, setting off explosives and killing innocent citizens.

Read full statement by Ms. Ogar below.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES

Press Release

On 20th August, 2014, about 0400 hours, some unidentified persons broke into a tailoring shop located at No.55 Odutola Street, Sabon Gari, Kano, and stole about thirteen (13) pieces of Catholic Church Reverend Sisters’ regalia. With the recent trend of female suicide bombings in the country, the theft of these regalia heightens concerns about the possibility of terrorist elements using same to perpetrate acts of terror.

2. Consequently, this Service wishes to draw the attention of the public to this development and to call on all citizens to be more circumspect and exercise greater vigilance with users of such peculiar attires. We therefore enjoin all to continue to cooperate with law enforcement agencies through the provision of useful information on suspicious activities within their immediate environment. This Service will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders as we strive to keep our country safe.

Marilyn OGAR, msi

Deputy Director, Public Relations

Department of State Services

Abuja

Source; Premium Times

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