The Department of State Services on Friday warned Nigerians against the public display of wealth, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
WuzupNigeria reports that the statement comes in the wake of the lavish burial ceremony of the mother of Nigerian billionaire, Obi Cubana, in Oba, a town in the Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Recall that Cubana and his associates shut down the state as well as social media after photos and videos showed politicians, businessmen, and celebrities who thronged the elaborate party sprayed money nonstop.
The public display of money raised questions about the source of income of the businessman and his associates, forcing Cubana to dispel the rumours about the legitimacy of his wealth.
Speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Friday, Mr. Paul Oduh, the Deputy Director, Security Enforcement of the Service in Kwara Command, noted that displaying wealth in public is a great security risk.
He said this in a paper presentation, entitled "Security tips for health practitioners in Kwara," at a symposium organised by the state branch of the Nigeria Medical Association.
Oduh hinted that such a show of affluence in public was one of the factors that usually attract the attention of criminal elements.
He explained that uncontrolled exhibition of flamboyant lifestyle and deliberate show of affluence has the potency of attracting kidnappers, bandits and other criminals.
The DSS deputy director pointed out that these were not the best of times to show off in the country, especially when considering current security challenges.
"People must adopt moderate lifestyles, so as not to fall prey to these criminal elements," he said.
Oduh also observed that a boastful attitude and maintaining a habitual daily routine can also make someone prone to avoidable attacks.
He explained that keeping negative habitual routines, such as keeping late nights and driving on a particular route everytime can also put individuals under observation by all manner of attackers.
"The country is ravaged by insecurity on daily basis. However, people should not despair, security should be the concern of all people and they must be enlightened on it," he said.
Oduh described security tips as protection tips given to protect and secure lives and property.
"Security can never be 100 per cent everywhere in the world. People should be knowledgeable enough on those things they can do to protect themselves.
"Security denotes free from danger and protection of lives and property where individuals can pursue their lawful activities.
"There is need to accept that threats exist and people are targets of these threats. This is why people should put in place measures to safeguard themselves from such threats," he said.