Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Areas Frequented by Westerners Possible Targets for Extremist Groups

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has received information that groups associated with terrorism may be planning to mount attacks against hotels in Nigeria that are frequented by westerners. No further information is available regarding the timing or method of attack.

The U.S. Mission maintains close contact with the Nigerian security services.

The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be vigilant when at hotels and around areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers; e.g., churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather; and government facilities. Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings; and monitor local news stations for current information and updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, located at Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, at +234 (9) 461-4000, Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +234 (9) 461-4000. Contact the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, located 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, at +234 (1) 460-3600 or +234 (1) 460-3400, Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +234 (1) 460-3600 or +234 (1) 460-3400.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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