The United Kingdom and United States of America embassies in Nigeria yesterday cautioned that terrorists have perfected plans to cause havoc in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.
On a message released on Sunday night, the US warned that the unnamed terror group might be targeting government buildings, schools, markets and other public places.
“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 statement read.
The statement also advised US citizens living in Nigeria to avoid all non-essential travel or movement, stay alert, carry proper identification, avoid crowds, review personal security plans and keep their cell phones charged in case of emergency.
On its part, in a statement by Gill Atkinson, the United Kingdom embassy in Abuja alerted:
“I NOTICE ISSUED AT 15:48 on SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER
1. On Monday 24 October, British High Commission Abuja (BHC) will be open for Business Critical staff only. ALL colleagues wishing to travel to BHC should seek authorisation from Line Manager/ Block Leads, and in advance of travel.
2. On Monday 24 October, BHC Abuja UKB parents are advised strongly not to send children to schools.
3. More detail will follow later today from DHC Gill Atkinson.
The Nigerian government was yet to react to these developments as at press time this morning.