The US authorizes evacuation of “non-critical” personnel and their family members in Nigeria, just 48 hours after its embassy in Nigeria issued a security alert regarding a potential terrorist assault in Nigeria, particularly in Abuja the Federal capital.
The US State Department made the approval in an update on its Nigeria travel advisory on Tuesday evening, October 25 2022.
“On October 25, 2022, the Department authorized the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.
The U.S. Embassy Abuja continues to have limited ability to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Nigeria. The U.S. Consulate in Lagos is providing all routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nigeria.”
The statement stated that while the consulate in Lagos is still offering routine and emergency services, the US embassy in Abuja will only have “limited ability” to help US residents in an emergency.
Nigeria was also listed as having a Level 3 rating, meaning that US Citizens should think twice before visiting the country, Due to crime, terrorism, civil upheaval, kidnapping, and marine crime, and encouraged Americans to postpone their vacation plans.
Nigeria is a Level 3 country, but some of its states are Level 4 due to a heightened chance of attacks; as a result, Americans shouldn’t visit these regions.
Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Zamfara were warned of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings. With the exception of Port Harcourt, the states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers were likewise rated as Level 4 “due to crime, abduction, and marine crime.”
US authorizes evacuation of their non-critical staff…