Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria (August 17, 2018)

Location: Country-wide, Nigeria.

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22 in observance of Eid-el-Kabir.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Thursday, August 23.

Please exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings during the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir holiday.  Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups.

 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
  • 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