The governments of Canada and the United States have issued security advisories on the insecurity situation in Nigeria.

According to the advisory sent to Canadian citizens (resident in Nigeria) via email on Monday, Canada asked her citizens to avoid “non-essential travel” or movement in Nigeria because of “increased threat of terrorism attacks in Abuja and larger cities such as Lagos.” 

“Be extremely vigilant, limit your movements,” the advisory reads. “Exercise caution and keep a low profile, monitor local medias to keep informed of the evolving situation, follow the instructions of local authorities.”

Similarly, the United States’ advisory to American citizens in Nigeria, which is on the US embassy (in Nigeria) website, partly reads: ”there is an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja. Targets may include, but are not limited to, government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations.  The U.S. Embassy will offer reduced services until further notice.”

The advisory asked Americans in Nigeria to “stay alert” and “avoid crowds” as well as “review your personal security plans and keep your cell phone charged in case of emergency, carry proper identification.”


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