The Embassy of the United States in Abuja has warned of a possible attack in the nation’s capital later in the week. In light of this warning, the Department of State Services has asked Nigerians to remain calm but vigilant.
Dr Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson of the Department of State Services, delivered a statement on behalf of the DSS. In the statement, he urged the people of Nigeria to remain cautious.
Meanwhile, the Service has assured that it would work with other security agencies to maintain the peace.
The statement given out by the DSS read, “The Department of State Services has received several questions in relation to the security advisory issued by the US Embassy in Abuja on October 23 2022. The public may recall that the Service had variously issued similar warnings.”
Meanwhile, The DSS asked Nigerians to provide the agency with information about threats and suspicious criminal acts.
“While advising that all and sundry take necessary precautions, the populace is urged to remain alert and assist security agencies with valuable information regarding the threats and suspicious criminal acts around them.
“Meanwhile, the Service calls for calm as they work with other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders in order to maintain peace and order in and beyond Abuja,” said the statement released around 11:20 PM on Sunday, October 23, 2022.
The alert that the US Embassy in Abuja released on Sunday, October 23, 2022, listed targets of attacks.
It read, “There is an increased risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja. Targets may include, government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organisations.”
Talking about the actions to be take by residents, it noted, “Avoid all non-essential travel or movement. Stay alert. Avoid crowds. Review your security plans and keep your cell phone charged in an emergency. Carry proper identification.”