The United States Government has again warned its citizens, diplomatic officials, employees and their relations not to travel to the Nigerian capital, Abuja over the fear of possible terror attacks.
The US authorities had earlier directed its non-emergency staff to immediately depart from Nigeria.
This order came barely three days after US authorities warned that there was an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, especially in Abuja.
It noted that as a result of that, the US Embassies in the country will offer reduced services in the country until further notice.
In another circular released on Thursday, the US government recommended that its citizens should avoid Nigeria and advised anyone who decided to travel to the country to keep a low profile and prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.
The statement reads: “Event: The Travel Advisory for Nigeria has been updated due to a heightened risk of terrorist attacks in Abuja. We recommend U.S. citizens do not travel to Abuja at this time. In addition, on October 27, 2022, the Department ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government employees from Abuja due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks, following on the October 25 authorization of departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members from Abuja due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks.
“U.S. citizens should consider departing Abuja using available commercial options. U.S. citizens who wish to depart but are unable to secure commercial options to do so can contact the U.S. Consulate in Lagos at LagosFM@state.gov for assistance.
“The U.S. Embassy Abuja is only able to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Abuja. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is providing all routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nigeria. U.S. Citizens in Nigeria who require assistance should contact LagosACS@state.gov or +234 1 460 3410.
“If you decide to travel to Nigeria: Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa, if needed. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Keep a low profile. Review travel routes and times to vary your predictability. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Avoid demonstrations and large political gatherings. Review your personal security plans. Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. Establish a “proof of life” protocol with your loved ones, so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones know specific questions (and answers) to ask the hostage-takers to be sure that you are alive (and to rule out a hoax). Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.”