Ramadan/Lent: SSS warns against economic sabotage, price gouging

THE Security Service (SSS) has warned against  economic exploitation and price gouging during the Ramadan and Lent fasting periods.

The Service warned traditional leaders, religious leaders of both faiths, and other interested parties not to engage in profiteering, sabotage, or economic exploitation during these crucial duties.

The Secret Service also warned Nigerians against packed gatherings. The agency said the warnings are essential to avoid likely threats.


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The organisation’s spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, said this on Friday, March 8, while Felicitating the Muslim faithful on the commencement of Ramadan and the Christians for the Lent period.

Afunanya, on behalf of the SSS, urged the public to notify the security services of any unusual movements or activity.

“It appeals to stakeholders to refrain from economic exploitation, sabotage, or profiteering during these important obligations. This is more so that illegal practices such as price gouging or unethical marketing tactics are ungodly, violate fairness, and can undermine the true essence of the holy events.

“As believers, it is incumbent upon us to uphold good standards and ensure that everyone can observe the religious duties with ease and dignity. Furthermore, the Service encourages clerics and religious leaders to uphold empathy as well as prioritise cooperation and conflict prevention beyond the periods under reference,” the statement reads.

The SSS encouraged the media to use their platforms to promote informed and accurate engagements that can enhance the achievement of national security objectives and interests.

It emphasised that the period calls for tolerance, brotherhood ties, communication, and peaceful coexistence among the people.

The SSS also advised Nigerians to be vigilant against public dangers, especially Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and avoid packed gatherings.

According to him, the DSS recognises the significance of these sacred rites. Hence, it encourages worshipers to promote understanding, compassion, and respect for one another during and after the exercises.

“Accordingly, the management extends its heartfelt felicitations for peace, unity, and harmony to adherents of these faiths. The DSS recognises the significance of these sacred rites and enjoins worshipers to promote understanding, compassion, and respect for one another during and after the exercises,” The secret police stated.

Similarly, the Service urges communication, brotherhood, tolerance, and peaceful cohabitation among the people to create a safe and secure nation.






     

     

    Price gouging is the act of raising the cost of products, services, or commodities above what is deemed justifiable or reasonable.

    The ICIR reported in February that the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) sealed off the popular Sahad Store in the Garki area of Abuja over irregular price fixing.

    The supermarket’s management was accused of overcharging customers by implementing prices that were different from those listed on the shelf tags.

    The store was later reopened after all issues were resolved.

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