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Security Threat: US Embassy Suspends all Services in Abuja permits voluntary departure of staff and family members

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Recall that over the weekend the US Embassy had raised alarm over heightened suspicions of terrorist attack in Abuja and also limited their services equally which has raised fear in Abuja residents and citizens of Nigeria as a whole.

To confirm the fears of every Nigerian over their first announcement on the need to be double security conscious they have made another release today the 25th October 2022, suspending all embassy services in Abuja and asking the embassy employees who voluntarily wish to leave the country with their families to do so with immediate effect.

The release reads as follows:

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja (October 25, 2022)

Location:  Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria.

Event:  On October 25, 2022, the U.S. Department of State granted authorized departure status to Embassy Abuja, which permits the voluntary departure of family members and certain employees due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja continues to have limited ability to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Nigeria. The U.S. Consulate in Lagos continues to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nigeria.

Actions to Take:   

Have a personal emergency action plan that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.

Take advantage of commercial transportation options, if you wish to depart Nigeria. 

Monitor local media for breaking news on the security situation.

Be aware of your surroundings.

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 

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