The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services DSS has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to postpone the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 10 in Edo state.
The two security agencies say the advise is based on credible intelligence at its disposal which suggests that insurgents are planning to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between 12th and 13th September.
The agencies say Edo state is amongst the states being earmarked for the planned attacks by the extremist elements.
In a joint statement the agencies reminded the public that similar threats were issued during the May Labour Day and Democracy Day celebrations as well as the Ed-el-Fitr holidays in July, 2016.
It however said the security agencies were able to decisively disrupt and thwart the insurgents’ plan.