America alerts citizens on planned terror attack in Abuja

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Published: 18 April 2012
Byline: Press Release

The United States’ mission in Nigeria is sounding an alarm of a possible terror attack in Abuja, and warning its citizens residing or those who have businesses in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to be watchful and excercise security caution.

The mission said, in an emergency message yesterday, that the information available to it point in the direction of Boko Haram as the possible attackers adding that their likely targets would be hotels frequently visited by Westerners.

Though the mission said it had no additional information about the exact timing of the planned attacks, it however said it had alerted the relevant authorities of government, who it said had given assurances that necessary measures would be activated to counter the threat to life and property.

While reminding citizens to exercise additional caution as they go about their businesses, the embassy urged them to maintain a high state of vigilance and personal security awareness, particularly in and around Federal Government facilities, diplomatic missions, large gathering places, hotels, markets and malls, and places of worship.

“We advise all U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U. S. Consulate General in Lagos,” the embassy said.

This story was published on 18th of April, 2012


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