Members of the National Assembly have expressed fear over the public notice by the Department of State Services (DSS) that federal and state lawmakers are prone to kidnapping during yuletide. The lawmakers also criticised the service for not giving an advisory to the parliament.
A member of the House of Representatives from a state in the North-East said, “We are in trouble.”
Another member from the South-West said, “There is no letter conveying this.”
While reacting to a question on the public warning, the lawmaker said, “They always play to the gallery.”
The Senate declined to speak on the matter as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, said, “We don’t have any comments. It is not our job. We are not security operatives.”
The DSS had said Federal and state lawmakers who will soon begin their recess and other vacating public and private workers were prone to kidnapping, assassinations and armed robbery among others during yuletide.
The Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, who gave the warning at a press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja, had said, “Recessing members of National and state Houses of Assembly and other public /private sector workers on vacation may be predisposed to threats of various degrees.
“These individuals are susceptible to kidnapping, hijack, assassination, armed robbery and political manipulations.
“They are advised to be security conscious in order not to fall victims of these attacks and destructive political maneuvers.”