The United States Government has authorised the evacuation of its government employees and their families from Nigeria over potential terrorist attacks..
This was disclosed by the US State Department in its updated Nigeria travel advisory on Tuesday evening.
It said; “On October 25, 2022, the Department authorized the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.”
“The U.S. Embassy Abuja continues to have limited ability to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Nigeria. The U.S. Consulate in Lagos is providing all routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had dismissed the security alert, stressing that Nigeria is safe.
He said; “Our country is safer today than at any time in recent times, thanks to the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.''
“We do not discountenance the fact that terrorists, bandits and their kind would always want to do whatever it takes to disrupt our nation’s peace, security and stability. But our security forces have been proactive.”