Due to an increased risk of terrorist attacks in Nigeria, the U.S. State Department on Tuesday approved the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families.
This is according to a report by Reuters, a London Headquartered news agency, and seen Rate Captain.
According to the agency, the most recent travel information comes after the United States and the United Kingdom issued warnings on Sunday about a potential terrorist attack in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, targeting among other things, government facilities, houses of worship, and schools.
The State Department reported that the U.S. Embassy in Abuja “continues to have limited capacity to provide emergency assistance to American residents in Nigeria.”
The report stated that the United States has previously issued similar warnings, according to Nigeria’s Department of State Services, which warned Nigerians to remain vigilant.
Rate Captain previously reported that the U.S. Embassy issued a warning on the heightened danger of terrorist strikes in Abuja and as such will offer reduced services until further notice. Attacks by terrorists are especially likely in Abuja, Nigeria. Government buildings, places of worship, schools, and other public places were highlighted as possible targets, according to the press statement by the embassy.
Nevertheless, the Department of State Service (DSS) has stated that necessary actions were being taken to ensure that the whole situation is brought under control. It addressed the general public to remain calm and report suspicious acts around them.