anned attacks by the extremist elements.
The public would recall 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.
However, the security agencies were able to
decisively disrupt and thwart the insurgents’ plan. 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
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.
Police/DSS remain mindful of the inconveniences this request may cause
the various political stakeholders, it is our strong resolve that
security agencies need not be distracted from ensuring a peaceful and
secured Nigeria now and always.
Members of the public are hereby
assured that the security agencies will continue to remain focused and
committed and are being enjoined to remain vigilant. The attention of
the Security Agencies should be drawn to any observed unusual movements
or actions by groups or individuals in their neighborhoods.
DCP DON AWUNAH, fsi
Force Public Relations Officer (NPF)
Dept. of State Services
7th September, 2016