Nigerians have been warned against displaying wealth in public by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Paul Oduh, deputy director, Security Enforcement of the Nigerian Secret Service, gave the warning at a symposium organized by the Kwara state branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) today in the state.
The display of affluence in public is one of the factors that attract criminal elements, according to Oduh. He explained that uncontrolled displays of flamboyant lifestyles and deliberate displays of affluence can attract kidnappers, bandits, and other criminals.
People should adopt moderate lifestyles in order to avoid falling prey to criminal elements. The country is plagued by insecurity every day. People should not despair, security should be a concern of all people and they must be educated about it" he said.
According to Oduh, security tips are meant to protect lives and properties.
It is impossible for security to be 100 per cent everywhere on Earth. People should know what they can do to protect themselves. As the term implies, security means free from danger, including the protection of lives and property, as well as the ability to conduct lawful activities. It is important to accept that threats exist and that people are targets of these threats. Therefore, people need to take steps to protect themselves from such threats" he said.
Assassinations, terrorism, insurgency, kidnapping, ritual killings, cultism, robbery, and arson are some of the threats facing individuals, families and the country, according to the DSS director. Among other things, he recommended that people secure their homes and properties with physical security measures like burglary proofs, protective security gadgets, security lights, and perimeter fencing.