Boko Haram plans attack during elections, US warns citizens

Boko Haram plans attack during elections, US warns citizens

The United States of America has cautioned its subjects in Nigeria to be aware of dangers by individuals from Boko Haram & ISIS West Africa.

In an announcement distributed on Friday, January 18, 2019, on its official site in Nigeria, the US said the radicals had set to assault open spots.

The US said in spite of the fact that it didn’t have data on assaults directed at the consulate, it advised the citizens to check their movements & stay under the radar.

“There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno State and the North-East.”

“ISIS West Africa and Boko Haram have both stated they plan to disrupt the upcoming 2019 presidential elections by conducting attacks on Nigerian security and infrastructure, as well as places of gathering such as markets, hotels, and malls.”

“While we have no specific threat information to the U.S. Embassy or within Nigeria during the election season, U.S. citizens in Nigeria should remember to follow personal security precautions on a regular basis.”

“Actions to take: Expect additional police and military checkpoints and possible roadblocks throughout the country. Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa, if needed; exercise caution when walking or driving at night; review travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability; avoid crowds and demonstrations; be aware of your surroundings; keep a low profile; stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs,” the announcement said.

The US government office additionally prompted the citizens to watch carefully journalists reports & check their tourism counseling for Nigeria.

It gave out contact particulars of the commission in Abuja & the embassy in Lagos for additional help.