THE United States Embassy in Nigeria has called on American citizens to exercise caution in the course of travelling and residing in Nigeria especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

In a security alert published on the Embassy’s website, the American mission noted that “crime was endemic throughout Nigeria ranging from petty street crime to carjacking,” and further noted that “crime levels tend to increase during the holidays.”

According to the American observation, “Terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Nigeria.”

The country therefore cautioned her citizens about

certain places that may be of interest to them.

“Shopping centres, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets and other public venues frequented by Westerners are common attack targets,” and should be avoided if possible, the country further reminded American citizens in Nigeria.

The statement titled, “Holiday security alert,” further stated that criminal and other elements often infiltrate large gatherings in times of festivity like Christman and New Year.

Not done yet, the country further noted that public demonstrations which were common could inhibit the flow of traffic.

The Mission also advised Americans to be aware of their surroundings, keep a low profile and ensure that they at any time carry along with them, proper identification documents.

“Stay alert in public places and locations frequented by tourists/ Westerners; review your personal security plans and use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark,” it added.

It will be recalled that there has been an unusual rise in violent crimes across the country especially in the North-Eastern and North-Western parts of the country.

While the dust raised by the massacre of over 43 rice farmers in Borno State some two weeks ago was yet to settle down, bandits kidnapped over 333 schoolboys in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state.

The killings and abduction have been widely condemned with some people calling for the review of the nation’s security architecture while others are asking President Buhari to resign over his administration’s inability to protect Nigerian citizens as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Some analysts and commentators have also described the action of the abductors as an affront against the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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