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

The U.S. Mission encourages U.S. citizens to be aware of their surroundings on and around the upcoming holidays.  Pay attention to local events happening in your area, such as holiday markets and processions, and be mindful of your personal security when you’re out and about.

The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around places of worship; large crowds; U.S. and local government facilities; and areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers during the upcoming holidays.

Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and you should expect additional police and military checkpoints, heightened security measures, and possible road blocks throughout the country over the holiday weekend.

There is also general uptick in thefts and break-ins this time of year. Remember to lock your doors and don’t leave packages in your cars where thieves might spot them.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Alerts, Travel Warning for Nigeria, and Nigeria Country-Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • 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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