In a statement signed by the Deputy Director on Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, The Department of State Services (DSS) have given reasons why Boko Haram insurgents have attacked three states in the northeast in spite of the heavy depletion of their forces by invading federal forces, saying that the insurgents were taking their anger out on hapless civilians. See Excerpts:
“It has become evident that following the successful sustained airraids and intense combat operations by the military on insurgents’ positions in the northeast 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 that 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,” she said.
Ogar called on members of the public with useful information on questionable activities in their localities to forward same to security agencies.