Last Friday, the US Embassy in Abuja issued a warning about the increase in Daesh propaganda videos targeting Nigeria. These videos are aimed at encouraging people to become militants and terrorists, with a focus on the presidential elections on February 16th.
If you are in or planning travel to Nigeria, make sure you have factored potential terror attacks in to your travel risk management plan. If you are being sent to Nigeria for work, your company should have provided you with up to date security briefings and adequate training. If you do not feel prepared for your trip, talk to your boss as soon as possible.
From the US Embassy in Abuja –
There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno state and the Northeast. ISIS West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram have both stated they plan to disrupt the upcoming 2019 presidential elections by conducting attacks on Nigerian Security and infrastructure, as well as places of gathering such as markets, hotels, and malls. While we have no specific threat information to the U.S. Embassy or within Nigeria during the election season, U.S. citizens in Nigeria should remember to follow personal security precautions on a regular basis.
Actions to Take:
- Expect additional police and military checkpoints and possible road blocks throughout the country
- Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa, if needed
- Exercise caution when walking or driving at night
- Review travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability
- Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Keep a low profile
- Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs
- Review your personal security plans
- Monitor local media for updates
- Review the Travel Advisory for Nigeria.
Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.
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