The Department of State of State Service (DSS) has warned that
terrorists may be planning to attack in a different way after 13 pieces
of Catholic Reverend Sisters’ regalia were stolen from a shop in Kano
state purportedly for suicide bombing.
In a statement released by Marilyn Ogar, spokesperson for the DSS,
Nigerians are advised to look out for persons, especially female suicide
bombers who may disguise in this regalia. The DSS believes that it
might a new tactic adopted by suicide bombers following the awareness of
Nigerians to the use of hijab.
On 20 August 2014, about 4:00 a.m., some yet to be identified persons
broke into a tailoring shop located at No. 55 Odutola Street, Sabon
Gari, Kano, and stole about thirteen (13) pieces of Reverend Sisters’
regalia of the Catholic Church.
With the recent trend in female suicide bombings in the country, the
removal of these regalia may be the handiwork of terrorists’ elements
that may want to perpetrate acts of terror using such garments.
Consequently, this Service has taken necessary pre-emptive measures
to thwart the exploitation of distinct religious wears for terrorist
purposes. We also wish to draw public attention to this development and
call on all citizens to be more circumspect and exercise greater
vigilance with users of such peculiar attires.
The DSS then encouraged Nigerians to report any suspicious movement by anyone to the security operatives.
“We enjoin all and sundry 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.”