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The United States of America Mission in Nigeria has advised its citizens planning to travel to Abuja this weekend to take precautionary measures for their personal safety and security.
The warning was contained in a statement issued by an Executive Director in the Mission, Mr. Stephen P. Brunette and made available to Metropole Magazine. It said that the warning had become necessary in view of the Emab Plaza blast on 25 June.
“The US mission urges against non-essential travel to or within Abuja during the upcoming weekend,” the statement said. “Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and US citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.
It also recommended that US citizens traveling to or residing in Nigeria enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP). “STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the US embassy or nearest US consulate to contact you in an emergency,” it added.