U.S Issue Security Alert: Elevated Risk of Terror attacks in Nigeria

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The United State Embassy has issued a security alert to its citizens in Nigeria as security situation could deteriorate further with little warning most especially in Abuja, the federal capital territory. The consulate has warn its citizens to review their security details and movement due to the extremely dangerous security situation based on security reports at their disposal.

Nigeria is witnessing un-ending violent crime – such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, hostage taking, banditry, and rape – which is common around the country.  Kidnappings for ransom has become a profitable business and unabated by security agencies.

Often targeted are high-networth individuals, foreign nationals and dual national citizens who came to Nigeria for a visit, as well as U.S. citizens with perceived wealth. Terrorist, bandits and Kidnapping gangs have also being carrying out their nefarious activities on their victims on interstate roads.

The terrorist group continue plotting and launching attacks in the federal capital and across the country, especially in the Northeast.  These deadly terrorist group continue to attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather.  

Here is the warning issued by U.S Consulate in Abuja today

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja (October 23, 2022)
Location:  Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria

Event:  There is an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja.  Targets may include, but are not limited to, government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations.  The U.S. Embassy will offer reduced services until further notice. 

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid all non-essential travel or movement.
  • Stay alert.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Review your personal security plans and keep your cell phone charged in case of emergency.
  • Carry proper identification.


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

U.S. Consulate General Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island
+234 (1) 460-3400 during business hours and after-hours

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