The United States government has begun the process of voluntary evacuation of families and a category of employees “due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks” in Nigeria.
The Department of State on Tuesday gave the authorisation for “the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members”.
HumAngle understands that the small-scale precautionary movement of citizens was in connection with the activities of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
On Oct. 23, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria had issued an alert on an “elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja”.
The travel advice portal for the Canadian government has also announced changes in the risk level for Nigeria. It warns citizens to “avoid non-essential travel” to Abuja due to the increased threat of a terrorist attack. An advisory from the United Kingdom government also warned citizens that “there is an increased threat of terrorist attack in Abuja”.
Nigeria’s domestic intelligence agency on Monday called for calm. According to its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the Service was working with other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders to maintain peace and order in and beyond Abuja.
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