Security alert: US warns its citizens over visiting Nigeria

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A holiday security alert has been issued by the United States Mission in Nigeria to its citizens and others planning to travel to Nigeria at Christmas.

The United States Embassy in FCT, Abuja, and Consulate General Lagos state in the new security alert posted on its website, warning all U.S. citizens that insecurity in Nigeria may increase during the Christmas holiday period.

The holiday security alert stated that “Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria.”

 It’s also added that “Terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Nigeria.

“We remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in Nigeria. Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria, ranging from petty street crime to carjacking, and crime levels tend to increase during the holidays.”

The statement also highlighted several places, such as transport hubs, malls, religious centres, and extremists’ likely targets.

“Demonstrations are relatively commonplace in Nigeria and generally affect traffic flow, especially if they progress along major thoroughfares. Criminal and other elements often infiltrate large gatherings.

“Shopping centers, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets, and other public venues frequented by Westerners are common attack targets,” it said.

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