The US and the UK embassies in Nigeria have warned of possible terror attacks in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. According to a security advisory released by the US embassy in Nigeria and posted on their website, there is “an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja.”
The embassy said the targets may include but are not limited to government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations.As a result, the US embassy said, it will offer reduced services until further notice.
The advisory advised Americans living in Nigeria to avoid all non-essential travel or movement, stay alert, avoid crowds, and follow local news and the advice of security authorities.
The British High Commission posted a similar advisory .“There is an increased threat of terrorist attack in Abuja. You should stay alert, consider movements carefully, follow the local news and the advice of security authorities,” said the UK embassy
Meanwhile, the Department of State Services said there is no cause for alarm over the US alert.
A statement by the DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunanya reads: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has received several enquiries relating to the security advisory issued by the US Embassy in Abuja, today, Sunday, October 23, 2022. The public may recall that the Service had variously issued similar warnings in the past.
“While advising that necessary precautions are taken by all and sundry, the populace is enjoined to remain alert and assist security agencies with useful information regarding threats and suspicious criminal acts around them.
“Meanwhile, the Service calls for calm as it works with other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders to maintain peace and order in and beyond Abuja.”