The United States of America has said intelligence available to it shows that extremist groups are planning to attack areas frequented by Westerners in Nigeria.
In a message on the website of the Embassy of the United States of America in Nigeria, such areas were listed to include hotels, mosques, churches and other places of worship.
According to the security message for US citizens, they were warned to be wary when visiting such places.
In Nigeria, Boko Haram is the face of terrorism and extremism.
Titled: “Areas Frequented by Westerners Possible Targets for Extremist Groups,” the statement to the Americans in Nigeria, issued on Thursday, reads in part: “The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has received information that groups associated with terrorism may be planning to mount attacks against hotels in Nigeria that are frequented by westerners. No further information is available regarding the timing or method of attack.
“The U.S. Mission maintains close contact with the Nigerian security services.
“The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be vigilant when at hotels and around areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers; e.g., churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather; and government facilities. Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings; and monitor local news stations for current information and updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”