The United States of America has cautioned its citizens that are planning to travel to Nigeria, against the background of the increased bomb explosions by members of Boko Haram.
In a message from USA to American Citizens in Abuja, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria said that the security message has become necessary in view of the June 25 bombing in the Wuse II neighborhood of Abuja.
The statement from one of the Executive Directors, Stephen P. Brunette, added that given the history of bombing attacks on weekends (some associated with holidays), as well as the recent bombing at Emab Plaza in Wuse II, the Mission urges all U.S. citizens living and traveling in Nigeria “to take extra precautions for your personal security and safety.
“The U.S. Mission urges against non-essential travel to or within Abuja during the upcoming weekend.
“The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around churches and other places of worship, locations where large crowds may gather, government facilities, and areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers during the upcoming weekend. “Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.
“We recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nigeria enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.”
The statement encourage regular monitor of the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where they could find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Nigeria, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.
“Read the Country Specific Information for Nigeria. For additional information; refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist.”