U​.​S​.​ denies issuing security alert to Americans in Abuja

James Entwistle, U.S Ambassador to Nigeria

The United States Embassy in Nigeria on Friday disowned a text message circulated ​through​ various channels that the embassy had issued a security warning to American citizens in Abuja.

A message circulated on Thursday​ claimed the American Ambassador to Nigeria had called and emailed all Americans in Abuja to tell them to stay indoors, following information that three cars loaded with bombs were primed in some undisclosed locations in the capital city.

The message, which was also shared on WhatsApp and social media, stated: “Please, stay safe especially those in Abuja. I just got this now from a friend and I see no harm in sharing.

“For those who stay in Abuja or those who have relatives there, please read this.

“American ambassador called and emailed all Americans to tell them to stay indoors. Three cars in Abuja loaded with bombs are planted in different areas. We are yet to know their targets. Pass the message please.”

However, ​the ​U​.​S​.​ Counselor for Public Affairs in Nigeria, Victoria Sloan, said the U.S. Ambassador would not make calls on such a serious issue if true, but w​ould​ rather send an official mail to staff which w​ould​ eventually be uploaded on the embassy’s website.

“The ambassador did not send the message, the mission or the US government did not send the message.

“When we observe something, we check and put on the consular internet​.​

“Help to refute it and let your readership, listenership know it’s not true,” she said at the ongoing State House Press Corp retreat, holding in Kaduna.


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  • Mephistoheles

    Whether or not the US warned its citizens, the simple fact is that every responsible Government in every corner of the world should take this steps so that their citizens will not serendipitously find themselves in more soup than they can quaff!

    To make it pop and plain, we will advice even our dog about situations at the grocery store if it insists it wants to go and visiti it s doggy girlfriend that lives a block away.

    Google US travel advisory to nigeria, you will see :The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because the security
    situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.

    It is not an issue. Every single one of you will do the same thing if shoes are exchanged. Whoever raised this as an issue should be dealt with as a combatant enemy of Nigeria!. They are trying to create confusion so that they can say Buhari is not doing anything because even America has warned it’s citizens about Nigeria.

    Look at the history of these warnings. They have almost always been around.
    If it is not Measles, mumps or Rubella, it is kidnappings, armed robbery, cholera, yellow fever, or something else.