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Security Alert: Abuja (Nigeria), Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas

U.S. Mission Nigeria

Security Alert – Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas


Location: Nigeria

Event: Precautions for Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas of Nigeria


Foreigners working the conflict-affected areas of Nigeria should take all necessary precaution to prevent attacks, kidnappings, or other associated actions by terrorist organizations seeking to retaliate for the death of Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham overall amir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Conflict-affected areas of Nigeria include, but are not limited to, Borno and Yobe States, and Northern Adamawa State.


Actions to Take: 

  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs.
  • Review travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability.
  • Exercise caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa.
  • Review the Travel Advisory for Nigeria.




U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area

+234 (9) 461-4328 and after hours +234 (9) 461-4000 press zero.



U.S. Consulate Lagos

2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island

+234 (1) 460-3600 and after hours +234 (1) 460 3400



State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 


Nigeria Country Information


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