The United States government has issued a security alert to American citizens in Nigeria.
On the US Embassy website in Nigeria the alert titled, Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorism Threat, was posted today, May 2, 2014. The message among other warnings advise American citizens to avoid travel to Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States and says that the security situation in Nigeria remains ‘fluid and unpredictable’.
Below are excerpts from the statement.
As of late April, groups associated with terrorism allegedly planned to mount an unspecified attack against the Sheraton Hotel in Nigeria, near the city of Lagos. There was no further information regarding which of the two Sheraton Hotels in Lagos was the possible target, or if both of the Sheraton Hotels are possible targets. There is no further information regarding the timing or method of attack. U.S. citizens are cautioned to avoid these hotels at this time.
The security situation in the country remains fluid and unpredictable. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to keep personal safety and health in the forefront of your planning. We remind U.S. citizens to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.