Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Alert

Event:  Holidays in Nigeria provide increased risk for terrorism and/or criminal activity.  There is a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and  kidnapping.  Travelers to Nigeria are perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash.  Threats posed by terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Nigeria.  Extremists continue to focus on locations such as shopping centers, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets, and other public venues frequented by Westerners. 

Actions to Take: 

  • Exercise additional vigilance throughout the holiday season and at holiday events.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Keep a low profile.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area
+234 (9) 461-4328 and after hours +234 (9) 461-4000 press zero.
AbujaACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island
+234 (1) 460-3400 during business hours and after-hours
LagosACS@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Nigeria Country Information 

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