The US embassy in Abuja and consulate in Lagos have asked Americans to exercise caution while traveling or residing in Nigeria during the holidays.
It said “crime is endemic” in the country, asking its citizens to stay alert at all times.
It asked its citizens to be wary of public places including airports, places of worship, shopping centres and markets where it said “westerners are common attack targets.”
“The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in Nigeria. Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria, ranging from petty street crime to carjacking, and crime levels tend to increase during the holidays. It is prudent to exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday events.
“Demonstrations are relatively commonplace in Nigeria and generally affect traffic flow, especially if they progress along major thoroughfares.Criminal and other elements often infiltrate large gatherings. Terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Nigeria. Shopping centers, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets, and other public venues frequented by Westerners are common attack targets,” the notice said.
The embassy and consulate advised Americans residing or travelling in the country to keep a low profile, review their personal security plans and to avoid large gatherings and protests.