The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has warned of possible attacks on Nigerian citizens and critical national assets during the upcoming Easter celebrations.
The security agency issued a statement on Wednesday, stating that “dangerous elements” were planning to unleash terror and cause chaos across the country during the festive season.
According to the NSCDC, reports indicate that some groups are planning to take advantage of the Easter holiday to carry out political protests and agitations that could lead to a breakdown of law and order, as well as the destruction of critical national assets.
To counter these threats, the NSCDC has deployed 30,000 operatives to beef up security during the Easter celebrations.
NSCDC Commandant-General Ahmed Audi has directed the corps’ special forces to work with regular officers to ensure that the holiday period passes without incident.
All public utilities, flashpoints, worship centres, markets, recreational facilities, shopping malls, parks, gardens, and other crowded locations are to be adequately guarded, according to the statement.
The NSCDC has urged citizens to celebrate in moderation and be law-abiding while assisting security agencies with credible information to prevent crime.
The NSCDC chief has also stressed that the agency will not tolerate any unlawful gathering that has not obtained necessary permission from the police, which is the lead agency in internal security.
In addition, the NSCDC has vowed to collaborate with other security outfits to keep the country safe during the festive period.
The agency has advised Nigerians to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the nearest security agency.
The statement from the NSCDC comes as the Nigerian government has declared Friday and Monday as public holidays to celebrate Easter.
The holiday period is traditionally marked by increased travel, social gatherings, and religious celebrations, making it a high-risk period for security threats.