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Security Notice – Abuja FCT Prison Break
July 6, 2022

Location:  Abuja, Nigeria
Date:  July 6, 2022
Event:  Abuja FCT Prison Break near the airport on July 5, 2022

On the night of July 5, 2022, an attack on Kuje Prison freed a large portion of the estimated 1,000 prisoners.  The prison lies approximately 27 miles southwest of the Central Business District.  An increase in crime is expected in and around Abuja.  It is recommended that U.S. citizens should maintain a high state of personal security awareness for the next two weeks and avoid unnecessary travel on the airport road.


Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria and tends to spike after dark.  Avoiding locations and situations that increase the likelihood of being victimized is the best defense.  Avoid displays of valuables and limit nighttime activity.


Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad.  Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack –including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to target crowds more effectively.  Frequently, their aim is focused on unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
  • Places of worship
  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights)

Actions to Take: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Carry proper identification.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Always drive with your windows rolled up and the doors locked.
  • Avoid large gatherings and protests.
  • Review alternative travel routes in case of unexpected protests or unrest.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Always keep the doors to your residence locked, even when at home.


U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area
+234 (209) 461-4328 and after hours +234 (9) 461-4000 press zero.

U.S. Consulate General Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island
+234 (201) 460-3400 during business hours and after-hours

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

Nigeria Country Information


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