There is no other way to say it: Nigeria is indeed becoming a challenging place for its citizens. When you have a country where more than 330 kids could be moved on bikes and no one will know, you will get an idea of a messed up country. Visit your local primary or secondary school today. Watch at the end of school closure. See the number of kids. Imagine what it would take to move half of those kids, from one location, for miles, and an alert would not trigger in the law enforcement circuit, you will understand the mess Nigeria has found itself! America is very blunt here: “Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria”.
Holiday Security Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (December 16, 2020)
Event: Holiday Security Alert
The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in Nigeria. Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria, ranging from petty street crime to carjacking, and crime levels tend to increase during the holidays. It is prudent to exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday events.
Demonstrations are relatively commonplace in Nigeria and generally affect traffic flow, especially if they progress along major thoroughfares. Criminal and other elements often infiltrate large gatherings. Terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Nigeria. Shopping centers, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets, and other public venues frequented by Westerners are common attack targets.
Actions to Take:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep a low profile.
- Carry proper identification.
- Stay alert in public places and locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark.
- Always drive with your windows rolled up and the doors locked.
- Review and alter travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability.
- Avoid large gatherings and protests.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Always keep the doors to your residence locked, even when at home.
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