The United States and Britain have warned of a possible terrorist attack in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
In its brief communique on Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria said “there is an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically Abuja” saying that shopping malls, law enforcement facilities and international organisations were among places at risk.
According to the warning, the attack would be aimed at government buildings, places of worship, schools and other centres where large crowds gather.
“The U.S. Embassy will offer reduced services until further notice”.
Also, the United Kingdom in its foreign travel advice urged Nigerians to be on the look out, as the terror groups operating within the country are looking to carry out an assaults in the nation’s capital.
The advisory said, “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect western interests, as well as places visited by tourists.”
Reacting, the Department of State Services (DSS), claimed to be on top of the situation, asking Abuja residents and Nigerians in general to remain calm.
The secret police through its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said in a statement, “DSS has received several enquiries relating to the security advisory issued by the US Embassy in Abuja, today, 23/10/22.
“The public may recall that the Service had variously issued similar warnings in the past.
“While advising that necessary precautions are taken by all and sundry, the populace is enjoined to remain alert and assist security agencies with useful information regarding threats and suspicious criminal acts around them.”