‘Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria’, US warns citizens

U.S. Embassy in Nigeria where statement

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos issued a security alert warning its citizens in Nigeria to exercise caution while travelling and residing in Nigeria and added that crime is endemic in Nigeria. 

The U.S. agencies disclosed this in a press release by on Wednesday.

Accordingly, the release read: “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.”

Furthermore, it added: “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 centres, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets, and other public venues frequented by Westerners are common attack targets.”

Specifically, the release suggested actions to take which include:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Carry proper identification.
  • Stay alert in public places and locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark.
  • Always drive with your windows rolled up and the doors locked.
  • Review and alter travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability.
  • Avoid large gatherings and protests.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Always keep the doors to your residence locked, even when at home.

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