Security Alert: Families of US Embassy Employees Must Leave Abuja

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The United States has issued a new travel advisory ordering the departure of family members of its government employees residing in Abuja, Nigeria, due to “crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping and maritime crime”.

The travel advisory was published on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

It comes two days after an earlier alert asking only non-emergency workers and their families to leave Abuja.

On October 25, the US Department of State authorized the departure from Abuja of non-emergency US government employees and their family members due to the increased risk of terrorist attacks.

“The US Embassy in Abuja is only able to provide emergency assistance to US citizens in Abuja,” the previous first alert said.

“The US Consulate in Lagos provides all routine and emergency services to US citizens in Nigeria,” he continued.

The advisory also warns US citizens to avoid coastal areas of “Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta and Rivers States (except Port Harcourt) due to crime, kidnappings and maritime crime”.

For those deciding to travel to Nigeria, the review also highlighted a number of factors to consider.

These factors include possessing an appropriate means of identification, maintaining a low profile, and extreme vigilance.

Nigerian police step up security

The Nigerian government, however, has declared the country safe for all.

Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has ordered all police officials to step up security across the country, especially in the Federal Capital Territory.

In a statement, the Nigerian Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the Police Chief had also led the activation of all hotlines across Nigeria.

He also urged the public to remain vigilant in their legal activities and commitments.

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