Ahead this year’s Easter celebration, the United States Department of State has warned American citizens living in Nigeria of possible terrorist attacks in the country.
Through its Embassy in Nigeria, the Department of State said, “Given the history of attacks throughout the country during previous holiday weekends as well as the March 18 attack in Kano and the failed attempt in Kano on March 23, all U.S. citizens living and traveling in Nigeria should take extra precautions for their personal security and safety.
“Due to the continued threat of kidnapping of expatriates countrywide including recent kidnappings on Victoria Island in Lagos, the U.S. Mission recommends that American citizens and organisations maintain accountability for the whereabouts of their members of staff, test communication systems to ensure that they are working properly, and ensure secure means of transport for any necessary travel.
It also advised all American citizens to be particularly vigilant around churches and other places of worship, locations where large crowds might gather, government facilities, and areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers during the holiday weekend.
It noted that security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, adding that U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country during the period.