The US has released a warning of possible attacks against expatriates and foreign visitors living in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos during the Eid-el-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“The US Mission in Nigeria advises that groups associated with terrorist activity might be planning attacks against hotels in Lagos frequented by international visitors, including those located on waterfronts, during the Eid-al-Fitr holidays,” In a statement to US citizens published on its website Tuesday the US Mission statement
The US Mission also charged Americans to review their personal security:
“The U.S. Mission in Nigeria reminds you to review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”
The Federal Government had initially declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays, but extended the holiday to Thursday following the non-sighting of the moon in Nigeria on Monday which determines the end of the Ramadan fast reports The Punch, Nigeria. The report further adds that there was tight security around top hotels frequented by expatriates, wealthy Nigerians and politicians in the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday.