Amid rising fears of terrorist attacks, the US government has once again advised family members of its employees to leave Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, immediately.
The US government gave the advice in the latest travel advisory through the US mission in Nigeria on Friday.
“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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or +234 1 460 3410,” the advisory said.
The U.S Embassy and some foreign missions in the country had released a security advisory, alerting Nigerians of possible terror attacks in the FCT.
Although, the federal government of Nigeria has dismissed such fears, saying there is no cause for alarm, the latest advisory, which was published on the verified Twitter handle of the US mission in Nigeria @USinNigeria, urged citizens to consider departing Abuja using commercial options.
Nigeria – Level 3: We recommend U.S. citizens do not travel to Abuja. The Department ordered departure of family members of USG employees from Abuja due to risk of terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should consider departing Abuja using commercial options. https://t.co/wxvXFSjpbs pic.twitter.com/ZRHvbydqql
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) October 27, 2022